Protester dies of gunshot wound to stomach sustained on Thursday

Protester dies of gunshot wound to stomach sustained on Thursday

An anti-government protester who was shot in the chest and stomach during Thursday's clash at the Bangkok Youth Centre succumbed to his injuries at Phramongkutklao Hospital yesterday, taking the death toll from the incident to two, a doctor said.

The Public Health Ministry reported yesterday that as of 9am about 154 people including protesters, journalists and police had been injured in the clash between police and anti-government protesters at the Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan), known as the Thai-Japanese Stadium.

Of the injured, 38 remained at eight hospitals in Bangkok. One was being treated at an intensive-care unit.

The second fatality was identified as Wasu Suchantabut, a 30-year-old anti-government protester. He succumbed yesterday at 3.45am, according to Colonel Peeraphon Pokpong, a director of Pramongkut Hospital's Emergency Department.

Wasu underwent surgery on Thursday night after being shot in the stomach with a small-calibre live round during the protest at the centre. He was sent to the hospital at about 2pm on the same day. A medical team found that the bullet entered his stomach and exited through his back. The small bullet damaged his liver, pancreas and right kidney, and severed major blood vessels.

But doctors did not find any bullet fragments inside his body.

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