A Thai anti-government protester has been shot dead and several others have been wounded in an attack on their convoy on a busy expressway.
The victims, supporters of a militant faction of the opposition movement, were returning from a rally at a government complex in northern Bangkok on Tuesday when they were fired on by unknown assailants.
The protesters want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down to make way for an unelected interim government to oversee reforms aimed at curbing the political dominance of her billionaire family.
A 52-year-old man was killed and four others were wounded, according to the city’s Erawan emergency centre.
The splinter group that was attacked, the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand, has often been at the vanguard of attempts to storm state buildings during five months of rallies seeking to oust Shinawatra.
“The shooting lasted for around 2 minutes – the convoy stopped and everyone took shelter as they raked bullets over the vehicles,” group leader Uthai Yodmanee said.
The dead man was a guard for the group and was shot as he stood on a truck passing along the expressway, he said, adding the gunmen appeared to be holed up in apartment blocks.
Thailand has been shaken by a series of grenade attacks and shootings, often targeting protesters, that have left 24 people dead and hundreds wounded in recent months.
The violence had eased since the rallies were scaled back at the start of March when demonstrators abandoned their occupation of major intersections in Bangkok and converged in a park in the city.