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Foreign and Commonwealth Office urges Britons to take extra care after bombs and gunshots in the capital

Gunshots were fired and small bombs were thrown at guards giving protection to anti-government protesters at Lard Phrao intersection and Chaengwattana a 1am today. A dark Toyota Yaris sedan with no license plate was seen on the outbound lane of the Vibhavadi Rangsit road and was heading to Don Tollway gate. As the car was on the toll way, several shots were fired into the protesters’ guards, followed by a loud bomb explosion. Two a half hours later, several gunshots were also heard, followed by another bomb explosion, forcing protesters nearby to run for cover. Nobody was hurt in either incident.

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva Saturday declared that he will not go to his polling station to vote on Sunday. “Tomorrow, I won’t go to exercise my voting right because this election is not unconstitutional and it will not achieve a goal of an election under the democratic system,” Abhisit posted on his Facebook wall.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is urging Britons to take extra care on Sunday and avoid all protests as Thailand holds its national elections, following three months of demonstrations.

The FCO has updated its advice following further violence when polling stations opened on January 26 for advanced voting.

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