Bomb blast at Thai government building kills one, injures 19

November 20th, 2008 - 10:58 am ICT by IANS  

Bangkok, Nov 20 (Xinhua) At least one protester was killed and 19 injured when a bomb exploded Thursday morning inside the Government House complex in Thailand that has been seized by the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) supporters.The explosion occurred at 3:25 a.m. just a day after the so-called ceasefire during the royal cremation period, Thai newspaper The Nation reported.

PAD guards rushed the injured to nearby hospitals, but one of them - a 48-year-old man - succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, the newspaper said.

The PAD guards suspect the bomb might have been fired from behind the Civil Service Commission head office or from a building of the office.

Police were not allowed to check the explosion scene which the PAD guards cordoned off.

The PAD has been staging anti-government protests in Bangkok since May 25 and occupied the Government House for rally since Aug 26.

Just one day ago, a government spokesman said the cost of damage to the Government House and lost items is estimated to reach 100 million baht (about $3 million) since the PAD seized the compound.

The spokesman said he received reports from officials who went to retrieve documents and personal belongings in the Office of the Permanent Secretary. They reportedly found that many items were missing from the building.

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