2 dead, 45 wounded in anti-government protests in Thailand
From Kocha Olarn and Anna Coren, CNN
updated 10:30 PM EST, Sat November 30, 2013
Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- Two people have been killed and 45 others were wounded when clashes broke out during anti-government protests in Thailand's capital, an official said.
Pornthep Saeheng, from the city's Erawan emergency center, gave CNN the updated toll -- which was double the number reported on Saturday, when the violence occurred. At least one of those killed was a university student who was shot inside Ramkhmhaeng University, according to a spokesman for the center. The incident occurred on the same day that 2,000 members of the armed forces were called in to protect government buildings after demonstrators stormed a number of them, according to Lt. Gen. Paradon Pattanathabut. Saturday's violence came after weeks of heightened tensions. (read)
The Brewing Terror Threat in Thailand By Didi Kirsten Tatlow 22nd February 2013
BEIJING — Islamic terrorism never went away, though it seemed perhaps to have quieted down after the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. But is it back now, stronger, as the crisis in Mali shows? And is southern Thailand a next crisis zone?
According to the Global Terrorism Index issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the countries suffering the most from the impact of terrorism include familiar places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia. But here’s a surprise, perhaps: Thailand ranked No. 8, even though many people associate it with holiday-making in the sun and not the carnage of war.
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