Protest leader’s home attacked

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TRANG, Dec 26 – At least four assailants on a pickup truck sprayed bullets at the home of Sathit Wongnongtoey, an anti-government protest leader and former opposition Democrat MP in the southern province of Trang, but no injuries were reported.

Pol Maj Gen Jirawat Udomsut, chief of Trang provincial police, led investigators to inspect the home of Mr Sathit, a leader of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in Trang’s Huai Yot district.

According to the preliminary investigation, at least four assailants on a pickup truck stopped at Mr Sathit’s home and fired 26 shots at his home with M-16 assault rifles and 11mm guns at 2am.

Police found 26 spent cartridges scattered around the area. The bullets damaged his home which is also the office of the Democrat Party’s Trang branch.

The party signboard was also damaged.

Mr Sathorn, a younger brother of Sathit, said he believed that the motive for the attack stemmed from a political conflict.

Gen Jirawat said the CCTV footage would be investigated to find the gunmen.