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Thai PM' vehicles attacked by protesters, gunshots heard

THAI Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's vehicle was attacked this afternoon by hundreds of anti-government protesters at the Ministry of Interior, and the premier escaped unharmed, Thai TV reported.

The red-shirted protesters used branches to hit the cars parked at the ministry and forced drivers to open windows, and gunshots were heard as the prime minister's vehicles rushed out through protesters, said the reporters of Thai PBS TV channel.

The red-shirted protesters blocked the road toward the ministry and raided compound soon after Abhisit announced the state of emergency on TV at 2:30pm local time, The Nation said on its website.

Several police and protesters were injured during the riot when protesters tried to attack the motorcade leaving the Interior Ministry compound, on suspicion that the prime minister was inside one of the cars, PBS reported.

The station confirmed that neither Abhisit nor Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban was inside the cars, and both of them have left the Interior Ministry before the riot.

A security officer fired warning shots to the sky to warn protesters to stop hitting the cars. Soldiers have come out to rescue the official from being lynched by the protesters, The Nation said.


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