One dead after Bangkok protest blast

January 18, 2014 - 9:46:41 am

BANGKOK: A Thai protester injured in a bomb attack at an opposition march in Bangkok has died of his wounds, officials said Saturday, a day after the blast that has ramped up tensions around rallies aimed at toppling the government.

Dozens were injured in the explosion which happened as protesters neared a busy intersection in the shopping district of the city on Friday afternoon.

The capital's Erawan emergency centre said the man died early Saturday.

"He died from severe loss of blood after suffering shrapnel wounds to his major internal organs," an official from the centre told AFP.

The 46-year-old man is the ninth person to die during weeks of anti-government demonstrations in the Thai capital, which are trying to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office and derail February 2 elections.

Authorities and demonstrators both blamed each other for the blast, which was apparently caused by a grenade-type device thrown from a nearby building.

Officials said another 37 people were injured in the explosion, with 11 remaining in hospital. (AFP)