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28 hurt in blasts at Bangkok anti-govt rally

Explosions injured 28 people in central Bangkok on Sunday during a continuing "shutdown" protest aimed at toppling the Thai government, an emergency centre said.

BANGKOK: Explosions injured 28 people in central Bangkok on Sunday during a continuing "shutdown" protest aimed at toppling the Thai government, an emergency centre said.

The casualties were taken to several hospitals across the city, according to the Erawan Emergency Centre.

"There were two explosions and gunshots at Victory Monument," the centre said in a statement on its website, referring to a major intersection held by the protesters since Monday.

Reports said the blasts were followed by a shootout with the apparent attackers.

It was the latest in a series of attacks by unknown assailants on demonstrators seeking to oust the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Protesters said the injuries were caused by two separate blasts minutes apart at a rally.

"People were speaking on stage when there was a loud explosion," said Theerayuth Utakaintanond, 52.

"Almost two minutes later, I think, I heard another explosion and everyone started to run in panic."

There were blood-splattered clothes and a small crater at the scene of one of the blasts, according to an AFP reporter.

On Friday, one protester died and dozens were injured in a blast at an anti-government protest march in the city.

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