Attacks in Thai capital kill 3 amid tense standoff

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 1:34 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — The deputy prime minister says the death toll from grenade attacks near an increasingly tense political standoff has risen to three.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said Friday that 75 other people were wounded when attackers shot five M-79 grenades near the anti-government Red Shirt encampment. He seemed to stop short of directly blaming the Red Shirts. He also urged people who have been demonstrating against the Red Shirts to leave for their own safety.

Security forces and agitated protesters faced off Friday morning at a major city intersection near the attacks. Morning traffic on the normally jammed road was light and fewer workers were seen headed for their offices.

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