Deadly Grenade Blasts Shake Bangkok

Attacks in Business District Kill Three, Injure at Least 75; Deputy Premier Blames Red Shirts, Who Deny Involvement

BANGKOKAt least three people were killed and at least 75 were injured by a series of grenade attacks in Bangkok's central business district on Thursday, pumping up tensions in a city already roiled by a worsening standoff between the armed forces and rival groups of political protesters.

Army and government officials said the explosionsat least five of themwere caused by M-79 grenades, representing a serious deterioration of the security situation in the Thai capital. Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said in a televised speech Thursday night that the attacks came from an encampment of antigovernment Red Shirt protesters. A spokesman ...

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