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One dead, 34 injured from attacks at Trat's PDRC stage

BANGKOK, Feb 23 - A five year-old girl was killed while 34 persons were injured from last night's shootings and grenade attacks at anti-government People's Democratic Republic Committee (PDRC) rally stage in the eastern province of Trat's Khao Saming district.

The incident took place at 9.30pm on Saturday night as PDRC protesters were having political activites around Yingcharoen Market area.

The deceased five-year-old girl, Lilawan Promchai, was shot by an unknown caliber bullet to her head as she was playing near where her mother was washing up at her noodle shop.

Trat provincial governor Benjawan Anprueng on Sunday declared the province a disaster zone as a result of terrorism.

She said all deceased victims' families would be compensated Bt25,000 while the injured will receive Bt2,500 per person. Shops at the market were asked to report their damages, if any, at Khao Saming district office for further assistance, she noted.

The total number of those reported wounded was 34, of whom 17 are male, 14 female and 3 others young children. The governor visited the injured at Trat Hospital. Among the wounded, 6 of them were seriously injured.

The wounded were admitted to hospitals in Trat and Rayong provinces, according to Public Heath Ministry's Dr Supan Sritanma, director-general of the Medical Services Department, and Dr Anurak Amornpetchsathaporn, director of emergency public health office.   

Public Health Ministry also prepared a medical team for today's gathering of the pro-government United Front for Democracy (UDD) supporters in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, as four thousands people are expected to attend. Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said his party expressed condolences for the incident and denounced such untoward acts in Trat.

Meanwhile, Trat's local authorities investigated the scene at Khao Saming district. An initial investigation indicated that gunmen drove two pick-up trucks into the market area where the stage was set up, threw bombs and commenced shootings. Shrapnel and bomb fragments were collected for evidence.

PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan denounced the Trat attacks and expressed condolences for the loss from the incident.

Democrat Party's Ongart Klampaiboon also denounced the attacks and asked the caretaker government to find the ill-intentioned culprits.

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