1 person killed in clashes in Thai capital

1 person killed in clashes in Thai capital
# 13 May 2010 21:26 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The Thai government’s medical emergency center says one person has died in violence between troops and anti-government protesters in central Bangkok, APA reports quoting news.yayhoo.com web-page.

The victim was identified as a 25-year-old man who was shot.

The man is believed to be a protester who was shot in the head during clashes with soldiers that were witnessed by an Associated Press cameraman.

The clashes began after a renegade army general working for anti-government protesters was shot in the head and seriously injured by an unidentified gunman.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

The Thai government has extended a state of emergency to cover 17 provinces to prevent rural protesters from joining a massive anti-government rally in the capital.

Thursday’s measure added 15 new provinces to an emergency decree that had already applied to Bangkok and another nearby province.
The decree gives the army broad powers to deal with protesters and places restrictions on civil liberties.

Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn says the expanded emergency decree is intended to prevent "masses of people trying to come to Bangkok."