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Gunmen kill protester and wound four in Thai capital

BANGKOK---Gunmen killed one person and wounded four others in an attack Tuesday on anti-government protesters, in the latest violence in Thailand's long political crisis, authorities said.

The shots were fired at a bus and a flatbed truck carrying demonstrators to their camp in central Bangkok after they had protested at a government office complex just north of the city.

Erawan emergency services said three men and two women were shot and one of the men had died. Ramathibodi Hospital said 52-year-old Wasan Kamwong died from severe injuries to his head.

The incident underlined the continuing potential for violence in the country's ongoing political crisis. Supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, fearful that she may be forced out of office by legal maneuvering, are threatening to take to the streets, opening up the possibility of clashes with anti-government demonstrators. The pro-government "Red Shirts" have announced they will hold a major rally this Saturday in a province just west of Bangkok.

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