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The Victory Monument rally site was rocked by two grenades Sunday, wounding 28, the second such attack in two days The bombs were of the same type as the one used in yesterday's bombing and this time there is a clear CCTV image of the assailant.

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One of the Victory Monument bomb sites. PHRAKRIT JUNTAWONG

Monday updates

16:00

CCTV video footage released. Police have shown a small portion of the CCTV video footage that clearly shows the unidentified man throwing the bomb. And, not surprisingly, the Criminal Court has agreed to swiftly consider the police request to issue an arrest warrant for the man.

13:05

More headaches for the government mount as farmers in Uttaradit block a road in protest at not being paid for rice they pledged months also. In Bangkok, however, protesters have gathered at the Government Savings Bank to make sure savings of ordinary people are not used to make the payments. BOONNUM KERDKAEW

Have the recent spate of bombings and shootings confined the PDRC protesters to the relative safety of their rally sites. Apparently not. At the moment, there is a major march going on to the Government Savings Bank which is rumoured to be under pressure to help finance the government's troubled rice pledging scheme. Protesters say the poorly-planned scheme should not be rescued with the savings of ordinary people.

BAAC staff wear black as a way of saying no to government attempts to increase the bank's funding of the rice-pledging scheme. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Meanwhile, at the Bank For Agriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives (BAAC), which is the main source of funding for the scheme, employees are wearing black today to protest against attempts to increase its funding for the scheme, which they say, would endanger the stability of the bank.

12:45

There were two reports of shootings near rally sites last night.

At the Makkawan Rangsan Bridge on Sunday night, a security guard for the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue was shot and injured by an unidentified assailant on. The bullet grazed Mr Sitthichai’s chest and he was taken to Vajira Hospital. He was not hurt seriously, however.

In the second incident, motorcyclists fired shots at anti-government protest guards stationed in the Chaeng Wattana road area early Monday morning. There was no report of any injury.

Sithinee Huangnak,a reporter for Post Today newspaper, has been declared safe after sustaining an injury in her left hip from a grenade blast while covering the protest at the Victory Monument. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

Meanwhile, Sithinee Huangnak, a reporter for Post Today, the Bangkok Post's sister newspaper and one of the 28 people wounded in yesterday's grenade explosions has told her story.

She was admitted to nearby Ratchawithi Hospital. Sithinee was later transferred to Phyathai Hospital 2 hospital.

Sithinee said she was looking for a place to write a news report when the blast took place. She found the backstage tent where VIPs were staying and decided to leave it out of concerns that it might not be a safe place.

As she was walking away, she heard something drop and turned to look. She ran for cover when she realised it was a grenade. She felt a sharp pain in her left hip as the bomb went off.

"I've been careful when covering protests. I usually look for places where I can seek cover. It is the first serious incident for me. Previously it was just tear gas," she said.

Another daytime bomb attack injures 28

An image from CCTV of the suspected bomber.

One of the grenade safety levers found at the site. Police say it was of the same type used in yesterday's bombing at Banthat Thong road. PHRAKRIT JUNTAWONG

For a second time in two days People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protesters have been hit by a brazen daytime bombing attack. This one took place at the Victory Monument almost exactly 24 hours after yesterday's attack on marchers at Banthat Thong road and involved two hand grenades.

This time, CCTV cameras at the site captured very clear images on the assailant. Police say the hand grenades used in today's attack used in the attacks are of the same type, Chinese or Russian made.

Two grenade safety levers and a grenade safety pin were found at the scene, and this should significantly aid the investigation.

Altogether 28 people were injured, including Sithinee Huangnak, a female Post Today reporter. Seven were reported to be in serious condition.

One of the victims, still clearly in shock after the bombing. PHRAKRIT JUNTAWONG

Thaworn Senneam, a former Democrat MP and core PDRC co-leader in charge at the Victory Monument rally base, said an unidentified man threw an explosive device near a press centre tent behind the rally stage and ran off at about 1.30pm. He said he believed the bomb was intended for him, but it hit a tree. The man was chased by security guards and protesters, prompting him to toss another bomb.

But the group continued to try to catch him and the man fired a shot at them, leaving one person injured, before fleeing on a motorcycle driven by another man, heading toward Tuek Chai intersection.  

Meanwhile, new information has emerged on yesterday bombing incident at Banthat Thong road which killed on marcher and injured 37 more. Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police, says a close examation of the CCTV video footage of the incident reveals clear two suspects.

The two men people suspect were involved in yesterday's bombing incident at Banthat Thong Road.

Watch at the back of the crowd to the left of vehicle where the bomb explodes. At about the 9 second mark, you will see a man in white cap walk quickly to the side of the road, where Pol Maj Gen Adul says he hid himself behind an iron box containing telephone circuit boards.  Then at the 18-second, after the bomb explodes, a man in black, opens the door of the vehicle and runs to the same spot. Shortly later they come out and, ignoring the victims, the man in the white cap picks something off the ground.

For Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who is in charge of Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), this was enough to indicate the someone connected with the PDRC staged the event, aiming to blame it on the government.

Clearly this is going to be a very interesting investigation.

Update (22:15) The driver of the vehicle, the man seen running away, just appeared on the PDRC stage at Pathumwan. I know that he flatly denied throwing the grenade, but at this time I don't have any more information of what he said. Here is what he looks like.

The man said to be the driver of the vehicle where the bombing took place. From Blue Sky via @ohohcita

If you are interest, there is a better photo and more information on Kanok Ratwongsakul's Facebook page. Two men spoke on the Pathumwan stage, one who whom was in the back of the vehicle and fell down from the blast. Hopefully, there will be a video clip of what they said, so we can get full details.

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Vocabulary:

admitted (verb): (of a hospital) accepted for medical treatment - รับ, ให้เข้า, การรับเข้า, อนุญาตให้เข้า

agriculture : the science or practice of farming - เกษตรกรรม, การเกษตร

aid : to help - ช่วย

aim : to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย

apparently : based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา

arrest warrant : a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone - หมายจับ

assailant : someone who violently attacks another person - ผู้ทำร้าย

backstage (noun): in the area behind the stage, usually, but not always in a theatre, including the rooms where the actors get dressed - หลังเวที

base (noun): a place from where an activity can be planned or controlled - ฐาน, ฐานที่มั่น

blast : an explosion - การระเบิด

block : to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง

brazen (adj): obvious, without any attempt to be hidden - หน้าไม่อาย, หน้าด้าน

bullet : a small, metal object that is shot from a gun - กระสุนปืน

CCTV : a television system that works within a limited area, for example a public building, to observe what is happening there and often to protect it from crime - โทรทัศน์วงจรปิด (ซีซีทีวี)

chest : the upper front part of the body of humans and some animals, between the stomach and the neck, containing the heart and lungs - หน้าอก

co-operative : a business or farm owned and run by the people involved, with the profits shared by them - สมาคมสหกรณ์

concern : a worry - ความกังวล

condition : the physical state of a person or animal, especially how healthy they are - อาการ, สุขภาพ

confined : limited - จำกัด

consider : to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา

core : of members of a group who do the most important work, or who support it most strongly - แก่น แกนนำ

cover : to report news and sport in newspapers and on the radio and television - รายงานข่าว

cover (noun): a place that provides shelter from bad weather or protection from an attack - ที่ปลอดภั, ที่หลบ

declare : to announce officially that something is true or happening - ประกาศ ยืนยัน

deny : to say that something is not true - ปฏิเสธ

deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

device (noun): a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร

emerge : to become known - เป็นที่ประจักษ์ต่อ

employee : someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง

endanger : to put in danger - ทำให้ตกอยู่ในอันตราย

female : being a woman or a girl - สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ

finance : to provide money for something - จัดหาเงินทุนให้

flatly : in a firm and definite way intended to end discussion of a subject -

flee : to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ

footage : film or video of a particular subject or event - ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ

funding : money given for a particular purpose - การให้เงินสนับสนุน

gather (verb): to come/bring together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม

graze : to touch something slightly when passing it - เฉียงๆ

grenade : a small bomb that someone throws or fires from a gun - ลูกระเบิดเล็ก

headache : a person or thing that causes worry or trouble - ปัญหา

hip : one of the two parts at either side of your body between your waist and the top of your legs - สะโพก

ignore : to fail to pay attention to; to pretend that you have not noticed or do not know about something - เพิกเฉย

image : any picture, especially one formed by a mirror or a lens - จินตภาพ ภาพลักษณ์

incident : something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์

indicate : to show - แสดง

injure : to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย

intended : planned; wanted to happen - ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น

intersection : a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other - สี่แยก

investigation : the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง

issue : to officially give out - ออก

lever : a handle used to operate a vehicle or piece of machinery; long piece of wood, metal, etc. used for lifting or opening something by somebody placing one end of it under an object and pushing down on the other end - ชะแลง, เหล็กงัด

meanwhile : at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน

metropolitan police : the police in responsible for a city - ตำรวจนครบาล

monument (noun): a statue or building that is built to honour a special person or event - อนุสาวรีย์ หรืออนุสรณ์สถาน

mount : to increase - เพิ่มขึ้น

network : a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

ordinary : not unusual or different in any way - ธรรมดา, ปกติ

pain : the feelings that you have in your body when you have been hurt or when you are ill/sick; mental or emotional suffering - ความเจ็บปวด

PDRC (noun): People's Democratic Reform Committee, an anti-government protest group, headed by Suthep Thuagsuban - กปปส. คณะกรรมการประชาชนเพื่อการเปลี่ยนแปลงประเทศไทยให้เป็นประชาธิปไตยที่สมบูรณ์ อันมีพระมหากษัตริย์ทรงเป็นประมุข.

pledge rice : to sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - จำนำข้าว

portion : a part of something - ส่วน

press : newspapers and magazines, and those parts of television and radio which broadcast news, or reporters and photographers who work for them - สื่อมวลชน

pressure (noun): trying to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way - ความกดดัน, แรงกระตุ้น, การบีบบังคับ

prompt : to cause someone to take action - กระตุ้น

protester : someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc - ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง

rally : a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something - การชุมนุม

recent : happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้

reform : a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป

relatively : somewhat; in comparison with someone or something similar - ค่อนข้าง

reporter : someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว

reveal : to show or let something become known - เปิดเผย

rice pledging scheme : a government programme in which a fixed price, in this case well above the market price, is offered to rice farmers for their harvested rice - การจำนำข้าว

rumoured : to be reported as a rumour (information that may or may not be true) - ปล่อยข่าวลือ,เล่าลือ,ซุบซิบ

scene : site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ

security : protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย

sharp : strong - ที่รุนแรง

shock : a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling - ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค

significantly : in an important way - อย่างมีความหมาย, อย่างสำคัญ

site : a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ

source : the place/person/organisation from which you get something - แหล่ง

spate : a large number of things of the same type, usually bad things, that suddenly happen in a very short period of time - ปริมาณมากมาย,จำนวนมากมาย

stability : a situation in which things happen as they should and there are no harmful changes; when something is not likely to move or change - ความมั่นคง, เสถียรภาพ

stage (noun): a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform - เวที

stage : to arrange - จัดตั้ง

station : to cause someone to be in a particular place to do a job - ตั้งประจำ

suspect : a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย

sustain : to experience, injury, damage, loss, etc. - ประสบกับ (ความสูญเสีย การเจ็บป่วย)

swiftly : happening quickly - อย่างรวดเร็ว  โดยด่วน

tear gas : a gas used by some police and armed forces to control crowds of people. It hurts the eyes and makes them produce tears - ก๊าซน้ำตา

toss : to throw something lightly or carelessly - โยน

transfer : to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another - ย้าย

unidentified : not known (who someone is) - ซึ่งไม่สามารถระบุชื่อได้

victim : someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย

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