BANGKOK — Gunmen in a pickup truck attacked an antigovernment protest in Thailand’s east, killing at least one, an 8-year-old girl, and wounding dozens as violence in the country’s three-month-old political crisis spread outside the capital of Bangkok, officials said Sunday.
The attack took place Saturday night in Trat province, about 180 miles east of Bangkok, where about 500 protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra were holding a rally near food stalls where people were dining.
Thai media reported that as many as three people were killed and several others are in critical condition, but the National Security Council chief, Lieutenant General Paradorn Pattanathuabutr, so far confirmed one fatality — the 8-year-old girl.
About 30 people were hurt.
The attack was the latest in a string of protest-related violence roiling Thailand during the past three months in which at least 16 people have been killed and hundreds hurt. The protesters want Yingluck to quit to make way for an appointed interim government to implement anticorruption reforms, but she has refused.
In Bangkok Sunday, an apparent grenade attack against antigovernment protesters occupying an upscale shopping area killed at least two people.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate end to the violence from any side and urged the government to bring those responsible to justice.