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Ban Tad Thong bomb victim dies
BANGKOK, Jan 18 -- One of the injured victims from yesterday's bombing at Ban Tad Thong area died at Ramathibodi Hospital early this morning, according to The Erawan Emergency Medical Service Centre.
The Centre said in a statement that a protester from Nakhon Si Thammarat, identified as Prakong Choochan, 46, passed away at 1.57am.
Mr Prakong was among a group of anti-government protesters when a bomb was thrown into a pick up truck installed with loudspeakers to lead the rally at around 1.30pm.
Mr Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), was marching through the city on Friday to invite the public to join the rallies against the caretaker government.
Mr Prakong was hit in the chest by shrapnel and rushed to Ramathibodi Hospital.
His main artery was severed but doctors stitched it and pumped his heart to restart it. However, he later died from his injuries.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan Emergency Medical Centre also reported that the bomb injured 38 victims.
Meanwhile, Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr Narong Sahametapat said that 38 people were wounded from the explosion, 29 males and 9 females, being treated separately at Ramathibodi, Hua Cheaw, Bangkok Metropolitan Adminstration's Central Hospital and Chula Hospital.
He said a total of 235 were injured since the anti-government demonstrations on December 26, with 23 people admitted to hospitals.
Four people were killed during the protest. (MCOT online news)
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