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Child of five killed in anti government rallies

On Saturday Gunmen at an anti-government rally opened fire wounding dozens of people and killing a five year old girl. The attackers shot at and threw explosives at demonstrators at a rally called by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

The incident took place at a night market in the Khao Saming district of Trat province late on Saturday. Hours later, another blast struck an anti-government protest in the capital Bangkok injuring at least 16 people. According to reports the explosion happened outside a large supermarket and next to a rally.

violent  clashes in BangkokSaturday’s attack happened about 300km (180 miles) south-east of the capital.

Officials said the five-year-old girl had been standing at a noodle stall when the attackers, in two pick-up trucks, opened fire at the PDRC rally. She died from a gunshot wound to the head.

At least 30 other people are believed to have been injured. Another child is said to be in a critical condition.

PDRC spokesman Suwicharn Suwannakha said the attack happened during a speech by a party leader, Thai newspaper The Nation reported.

He said he first heard the explosions and gunfire and then saw chairs in front of the stage scattered.

“It was chaotic. I saw two pick-up trucks speed away,” he said. No group has so far said it carried out the attack.

But the BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok says suspicion will fall on armed groups on the fringe of the so-called “red shirt” supporters, who back Ms Yingluck.

Over the past two months there have been several attacks on protesters’ camps in the capital, he says, but these sites are now well-guarded by the protest movement’s own armed wing.

There has been growing frustration recently from the red shirts over the government’s inability to disperse the protesters, who have been occupying parts of central Bangkok for weeks, our correspondent adds.

Red-shirt leaders have organised a mass gathering in north-eastern Thailand this weekend to decide how they should fight back against the campaign to unseat the government.

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