Mon, April 13, 2009
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Thai PM insists no deaths in morning's clash

2009-04-13 05:51:00 GMT2009-04-13 13:51:00 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Thai soldiers block a road near Government house in Bangkok, on April 13, 2009. Troops fired tear gas early Monday during an operation to disperse a group of several hundred protesters in Bangkok under a state of emergency, an army spokesman said. (AFP Photo)

Thai army soldiers guard at the Din Daeng intersection in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, on April 13, 2009. At least 77 were wounded when hundreds of army soldiers and anti-government protesters clashed in Bangkok early Monday morning, Thai media reports. (Xinhua Photo)

BANGKOK, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in a national TV address Monday noon that at least four soldiers were shot by protesters in a clash and denied earlier Monday's death report.

He added that 23 soldiers and 47 protesters were injured in the clash which happened between the red-shirted protesters and the army in Din Daeng area in Bangkok early Monday morning.

The clash occurred around 4:30 a.m. when some 300 red-shirted protesters used a seized bus to crash soldiers stationed at Din Daeng District in north Bangkok, Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd told TV PBS.

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