Ex-Red Shirt guard’s home attacked in Chiang Mai

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CHIANG MAI, June 13 – A gunman on Monday shot at the house of ex-Rak Chiang Mai ‘Love Chiang Mai 51’ security guard Niyom Lueangcharoen, 51, but the former Red Shirt faction member was unscathed.

Also known as disc jockey Lae, Mr Niyom was unhurt as he spotted the attacker first and escaped when an unknown gunman fire on his home in Sankampaeng distirct.

The glass-fronted structure, which is a display and sells centre for handicrafts in his house’s compound, was damaged with multiple bullet holes.

He believed that the shooting was the work of people is in former faction who feared he would give information to the police.

A Chiang Mai Court in April sentenced five men, including Mr Niyom, to 20 years in jail for the murder of the father of a key member of the Yellow Shirt People’s Alliance for Democracy.

Mr Niyom had jumped bail, and disappeared, but apparently changed his mind and reported to the authorities on Thursday, and was allowed to return home.

After reporting the incident to police Mr Niyom said that he had been followed by an unknown man.

The “Love Chiang Mai 51” supports Chiang Mai-born ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The city is a major stronghold for the opposition Pheu Thai Party, under whose banner Mr Thaksin’s youngest sister Yingluck is running for the premiership. (MCOT online news)