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Six wounded in clash between anti- and pro-government groups

At least six people, including one reporter, were wounded in a clash between anti- and pro-government groups at Bangkok's Lak Si district.
The anti-government demonstrators of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and pro-government group of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) clashed under the Lak Si flyover bridge on Vibhavadi Road.
The clash took place near the IT Square Mall which later announced an early closure.
Bombs were reportedly hurled into PDRC protesters and gunshots were heard periodically.
Two explosions were heard at around 3.45pm. and followed by four bomb-like sounds.
Six were initially reported wounded - four men and two woman. One reporter who was wounded was identified as Jirawat Sukhanon, from Daily News newspaper. He was slightly hurt on his nose and mouth and was later sent to Vibhavadi Hospital.
Another man was sent for treatment at a nearby Army Field Medical tent.
Both sides reportedly exchanged gunfire and sporadic gunshots and gun-like sounds continued.
At around 4.30 pm, one UDD supporter was wounded from a gunshot and sent to hospital.
The PDRC was at Lak Si district office to prevent officials from preparing for the general election tomorrow.
Wuthipong "Ko Tee" Kotchathamakhun, a red-shirt leader in Pathum Thani had reportedly led UDD supporters to Wat Lak Si, a few kilometers from the Lak Si district office.
The district office told female staff to leave out of fear for their safety, leaving only a skeleton male staff to take care of the office.  
Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau said that Mr Wuthipong was not involved with the clash at Lak Si as he has met police and given a statement to confirm his innocence.
Gen Adul said it could be an ill-intentioned group who spread the rumour to incite the public to obstruct the ballot delivery at Lak Si district office.
Meanwhile, Songwit Nunphakdi, commander of the 11th Infantry Regiment has led soldiers to supervise the situation and said that the violent incidents has eased after the PDRC has withdrawn.
It was expected that officials could clear the scene by tonight. (MCOT online news)

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