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Thai police clash with protesters, leaving 4 dead

An injured Thai riot police officer was helped by his colleagues after a bomb attack during clashes with antigovernment protesters in Bangkok on Tuesday.
An injured Thai riot police officer was helped by his colleagues after a bomb attack during clashes with antigovernment protesters in Bangkok on Tuesday.Peter Chan/EPA

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BANGKOK (AP) — Gunbattles broke out Tuesday as hundreds of riot police made their strongest attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Thailand’s capital, leaving at least four people dead and 64 others injured.

Multiple gunshots were heard near the prime minister’s offices, where riot police wearing helmets and bulletproof vests had started to remove protesters and dismantle a makeshift stage. Witnesses said a grenade was thrown at the police and shots were then fired by both sides. The police withdrew after a series of clashes.

In another blow for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the state anti-corruption agency accused her on Tuesday of improperly handling an expensive rice subsidy scheme, putting her in jeopardy of being impeached.

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