Two people were killed and at least 21 wounded on Thursday in an explosion near an anti-government protest site in the Thai capital of Bangkok, police said.
Police said two M79 grenades were launched into a protest site at the city\’s Democracy Monument early Thursday and were followed by gunshots.
"The first victim was a protester who was sleeping at Democracy Monument, while the second victim was a protest guard who died from gunshots," Police Major Wallop Prathummuang told AFP.
In a statement on its website, the city\’s Erawan Emergency Centre said two people were killed and 21 wounded, without giving further details.
Fears have intensified that the nation\’s political deadlock could spiral into street clashes after the Constitutional Court removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on charges of abuse of power. Her supporters have vowed to defend the government, which has limped on despite her removal from office.
The anti-government protesters are calling for the caretaker government to be dissolved and replaced by a non-elected council to rule the country while political reforms are carried out.