Gunmen shoot up house of 'Post Today' editor

NONTHABURI - Unknown perpetrators opened fire on the house of "Post Today" newspaper executive editor Pattara Khampitak in Nonthaburi's Muang district, early yesterday morning.

There were no casualties.

Police believe the assault was either due to a personal conflict, or Pattara's work as a journalist.

Officers rushed to the 300-square wah property in Tambon Tha Sai containing three houses, to find the garage door of the first house peppered with bullet holes. The gunfire had shattered the rear windshield of a car parked inside. A dud VC10 grenade was also left hanging on the gate - possibly as a threat.

Pattara told police he and his family had no conflict with anyone and said he believed the assault stemmed from discontent among some groups over his work as a journalist.

Thai Journalists Association president Pradit Ruangdit, who visited Pattara yesterday after the incident, said that he believed the attack was a threat against the Thai media. He said the TJA would issue a statement condemning the attack and call for police to find the perpetrators.

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