Sat, Mar 20, 2010
The Nation/Asia News Network
Petrol bomb, automatic gunfire disturb the peace

AMID the ongoing political turmoil, a petrol bomb attack was launched early yesterday morning on the security outpost of an Army barracks in Bangkok.

Police arrested a taxi driver who was seen driving the three attackers to the site, the front gate of the 2nd Cavalry Division on Phaholyothin Road in the Sanam Pao area, and were questioning him at press time.

One attacker was seen throwing a bottle full of petrol at a decommissioned tank used as a symbol of the cavalry, while another lit the splashed liquid. The three men fled in the direction of Victory Monument in the taxi.

Elsewhere in Bangkok, automatic gunfire raked two businessmen's homes located near each other in Sukhumvit Soi 53. There were reports of property damage but no casualties.

Police are looking into the motives behind the incident but said business conflicts and debt problems involving Suraphong Techawibool, owner of one of the homes, could be the motive.

Suraphong handed over video footage from security cameras at his home to Thonglor police as evidence.

Two men on a motorcycle were seen carrying out the attack. One of them fired at Suraphong's house, then at the other home, which belongs to his cousin, before both attackers fled.

Fifteen spent 5.56millimetre cartridges were found outside of Suraphong's home and another 25 at the other house.

Both businessmen later met with police and said they jointly owed Bt88 million to a certain financial institute after their cardboardbox business failed and were fighting related lawsuits filed against them.

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