BY JAMES HOOKWAY
BANGKOK—A Thai soldier was killed in an apparent friendly-fire incident and 18 other people were injured as thousands of troops and protesters faced off in a northern suburb of Bangkok Wednesday.
The latest clashes came as antigovernment "Red Shirt" protesters attempted to step up their seven-weekslong protest for new elections by moving out from their main encampment at the heart of Bangkok's biggest shopping district.
Their immediate target was to remove a military blockade put up to prevent more antigovernment protesters from flowing into the capital. The confrontation quickly turned violent as soldiers fired shots and tear-gas canisters into the ...