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Two bombs explode at Victory Monument protest site

BANGKOK, Jan 19 - Two bombs exploded near a media tent at Victory Monument protest site on Sunday, injuring 28 persons, including one journalist from Post Today Newspaper, according to Erawan Emergency Medical Centre.

The 28 wounded, three of whom are seriously injured, were sent to different hospitals -- 2 to Phramongkutklao Hospital, 9 to Ramathibodi Hospital, 4 to Chulalongkorn Hospital and 13 to Rajavithi Hospital.

Protest leader Thavorn Senniam from the People's Demoratice Committee Reform (PDRC) said he was certain he was the bomb's target but as the bomb hit a tree branch, its trajectory changed.

Mr Thavorn admitted that he had been warned of an untoward incident to himself by a high-ranking officer from the Royal Thai Police Bureau.

According to witnesses, there were at least 6 wrongdoers, one of whom was described as wearing a green jacket and black pants getting on a motorcycle taxi to escape.

Meanwhile, another PDRC leader Satit Wonghnongtaey at Pathumwan stage said despite the violence, the number of protesters at Pathumwan Intersection has not dropped and the protest continued peacefully.

He said tomorrow's security measures will be further tightened. Demonstrators will be divided into three groups to march along Bangkok roads to shut down government buildings. However, the locations where the marches will proceed will not be disclosed.

On a related matter, Attaporn Suwatanadecha, Deputy Permanent-Secretary for Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), announced that all schools under the BMA will be open tomorrow except Wat Pathum Wanaram School, which is between the protest sites of Pathumwan and Ratchaprasong intersections.

Srinakharinwirot University and its demonstration school will be open tomorrow as well, according to Asst Prof Dr Chalermchai Boonyaleepun, the rector, and Chavalit Soongyai, the school's director, respectively.

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