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18 April 2009 :: 20:04:36 pm 38287

Police: Over Five Gunmen Attacked Anti-Thaksin Pad Leader

BANGKOK, April 18 The Thai authorities on Saturday announced that they believed more than five gunmen were involved in the attempt to kill Sondhi Limthongkul, a top leader of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), a movement which helped topple three former governments.
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Deputy national police chief Pol. Gen. Jongrak Juthanont said police came to the conclusion at a meeting earlier in the day that more than five armed men were involved in the early Friday morning attack on Mr. Sondhi’s car, when he, his driver and a close aide were wounded when the assailants shot car tyres and then sprayed the car from the front with sustained gunfire from military weapons, at least one each of an AK-47, an M-16, and an SK.

Police said Mr. Sondhi lay down on the car’s floor immediately as the gunmen attacked his car.

All three men are now receiving treatment at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Hospital.

Doctors at the hospital told a press conference on Saturday that Mr. Sondhi was now out of danger but remained in an intensive care unit, while his driver sustained serious wounds and was undergoing a third round of surgery Saturday. Mr. Sondhi?s close aide is recovering satisfactorily after he was wounded in several places on his body.

Police are providing round-the-clock security to the victims at the hospital.

Gen. Jongrak said police now suspect that political and personal conflicts were major motives behind the attack.

Mr. Sondhi has numerous enemies, especially after his PAD supporters were credited with setting the conditions for a coup to topple the government of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in September 2006. The movement also helped remove two subsequent governments which it charged were proxies of the now convicted fugitive. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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