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Grenade blasts at two television stations injure 11 people

(SEAPA/IFEX) - Two grenade blasts rocked two broadcast stations in Bangkok on the night of 27 March 2010, injuring 11 people, news reports said.

"The Nation" said a grenade was thrown shortly before 7:00 pm at the army-run Channel 5 studio, injuring seven people, four of them seriously. It was reported that two of the casualties were soldiers guarding the compound.

At 9:30 pm, an M79 grenade launcher was fired at the state-run NBT (Channel 11) studio, located on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road, wounding four soldiers who were inside a tent in the compound at the time. Investigators said the grenade might have been fired from the elevated tollway across the TV station.

Four of the injured soldiers are in serious condition, said deputy Metropolitan Police chief Maj. Gen. Euapong Komarakul Na Nakorn. He added that the grenade lobbed in Channel 5 was identified as an M67, the same type used in previous recent bombing incidents.

Authorities said the two bombings were politically related and were the worst since the Red Shirts started their protest rallies two weeks ago to force the government to dissolve Parliament.
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