2 PDRC rally sites bombed, 4 killed, dozens injured (updated)
published : 24 Feb 2014 at 12:01
writer: Terry Fredrickson
2 die near Ratchaprasong PDRC rally site, 2 from the evening before at a rally in Trat. Injury toll from both now stands above 55. (Includes 2 videos)
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Monday Morning update
The 6-year-old sister of the 4-year-old boy killed in the grenade attack near Big C Supercentre on Ratchaprasong Road has now died of her injuries, bringing the death toll in the incident to three. The injury toll now stands at 24. Children are among the most seriously injured. Meanwhile, another 5-year-old girl, Nattaya Rotsungnoen lies near death in a hospital in Rayong, a victim of the shooting and bombing incident near the PDRC stage in Trat. Doctors say her brain has basically stopped functioning. Her condition is deteriorating and she is being kept alive on a respirator. She was shot in the neck and the bullet had pierced her brain. (She was reported to have died earlier this morning, but she is apparently still on the respirator, but her blood pressure was reported dropping.)
From our online reporters
2 killed, 22 injured at Ratchaprasong
A 4-year-old boy and a woman, 40, were killed and 22 people were injured in an apparent M79 grenade attack on the anti-government rally near Big C Supercentre on Ratchaprasong Road on Sunday afternoon.
The Erawan Emergency Centre said the child was pronounced dead at Ramathobodi Hospital. The other victim, a 40-year-old woman, died at Phyathai 1 Hospital, it said.
Twenty-two others were injured in the incident, which took place at about 5pm in front of Bic G Super Centre, the centre said.
A victim's shoe remains behind at the bombing site. THITI WANNAMONTHA
The area is near a stage of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest site at Ratchaprasong intersection.
Big C decided to close the store after the incident.
Police from an ordnance disposal team suspected the explosion was caused by an M79 grenade according to evidence found at the scene.
Police from Lumpini station and soldiers from the 1st Regiment who were setting up checkpoints in the area rushed to the scene and sealed off the area to search for clues.
The Ratchaprasong incident took place four and a half hours after an M79 grenade was found in a car park between the Civil and Appeals courts on Ratchadapisek Road at about 12.30pm Sunday.
Here are my early reports on the Trat bombing:
The number of injured has been revised downward to 34 with 29 of them still in hospital.
A surveillance video outside the Yingcharoen market captured footage of one of the vehicles, but police say it did not show the the attackers in action.
As usual, there has been a lot of confusion over reports of a bombing and shooting incident near the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) stage in Khao Saming district, Trat province.
Now some facts are starting to emerge.
The incident happened just after 9pm as some 500 people were listening to Pong Sarakham on the PDRC stage in Yingcharoen market when gunmen on two pickup trucks drove by.
The men in the first truck threw grenades at shops selling noodles and fried oysters next to the rally where about 20 people, including PDRC guards were sitting.
Those on the other truck fired indiscriminately at the noodle shop and then turned their guns to the stage.
At the moment, the death toll stands at one, with 35 injured, five seriously. The dead victim has been identified as five-year-old Lilaiwan Promchai who was playing near the noodle stall where her mother was washing dishes. She was apparently hit by bomb shrapnel in the head.
Another five-year-old girl is also in critical condition and has been transferred to a hospital in Rayong.
Since the violence took place next to the PDRC rally, suspicions are strong the motive was political, but it is too early to say that for sure.
Contains information from our online reporters
Learn from listening
- apparent: seeming to be something although it may not be real - ดูเหมือนว่า, ตามที่เห็นภายนอก
- apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา
- Appeal Court (Court of Appeal) : a court that decides requests that a decision made by a lower court be changed - ศาลอุทธรณ์
- brain: the organ inside the head that controls movement, thought, memory and feeling - สมอง
- Civil Court: a court that deals with non-criminal matters, especially complaints made by people against other people or organisations - ศาลแพ่ง
- condition: the physical state of a person or animal, especially how healthy they are - อาการ, สุขภาพ
- confusion: a feeling that you do not understand something or cannot decide what to do - ความสับสน
- critical condition: very seriously ill or injured and might die - อาการหนัก
- death toll: the number of people killed - ยอดผู้เสียชีวิต
- deteriorate: to become worse - เลวร้ายลง
- disposal (noun): getting rid of something, by selling it or throwing it away - การกำจัด
- emerge: to become known - เป็นที่ประจักษ์ต่อ
- emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
- evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
- footage: film or video of a particular subject or event - ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
- function (verb): to operate; to work in the correct way - ปฏิบัติงาน
- grenade: a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun - ลูกระเบิดเล็ก
- identified (verb): named, searched for a discovered - ระบุ
- incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
- indiscriminately: without considering who or what you harm or destroy - อย่างขาดการพิจารณา
- injure: to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย
- meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
- motive: a reason for doing something - แรงจูงใจ
- ordnance: weapons, ammunition, etc., especially military - สรรพาวุธ, อาวุธยุทโธปกรณ์
- oyster (noun): a large flat shellfish. Some types of oyster can be eaten and others produce shiny white jewels called pearls - หอย
- PDRC (noun): People's Democratic Reform Committee, an anti-government protest group, headed by Suthep Thuagsuban - กปปส. คณะกรรมการประชาชนเพื่อการเปลี่ยนแปลงประเทศไทยให้เป็นประชาธิปไตยที่สมบูรณ์ อันมีพระมหากษัตริย์ทรงเป็นประมุข.
- pierce: to go into or through something, making a hole in it using a sharp point - แทง, ทิ่ม, ปัก, เสียบ, เจาะ
- rally: a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม
- rally site: a place where a large public gathering happens - สถานที่ชุมนุม
- respirator: a piece of equipment used to help someone breathe - เครื่องช่วยหายใจ
- revise: to change, improve, or make additions to something - แก้ไข
- scene: site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
- shrapnel (noun): small pieces of metal that fly out of a bomb or bullet when it explodes - สะเก็ดระเบิด, เศษ กระสุนดาวกระจาย,กระสุนลูกแตก,เศษกระสุน
- stage (noun): a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform - เวที
- stall: a large table or a small building that is open at the front, used for selling things (or for giving people information) - รถ หรือแผงขายของ
- surveillance video: video from a camera that is put in a place to constantly record what happens there - เทปวิดีโอจากกล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความ
- suspect: to believe that something is true, especially something bad - สงสัย, เป็นที่สงสัยว่า
- suspicion: a feeling that something bad is probably true or likely to happen - ความสงสัย
- transfer: to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another - ย้าย
- victims : people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
- violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย