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2CN AM Explosion at Bangkok airport


TONY EASTLEY: The Thai economy is suffering from the global downturn as well as the big demonstrations have crippled air travel and international tourism.

In the latest development one person has been killed and 20 anti-government protesters wounded by a bomb blast at Bangkok's domestic airport.

It's not known who was responsible for the explosion at Don Mueang airport, the old international facility, but there are fears it could spark a tit-for-tat retaliation between pro and anti-government demonstrators.

South-East Asia correspondent, Karen Percy in is Bangkok.

Karen good morning, what more do we know about this latest attack?

KAREN PERCY: Well it would seem a grenade or an explosive device was probably lobbed from an elevated tollway road which leads to Don Mueang airport.

Five people have been seriously injured among those 20 injured and there are fears that the death toll might well climb. It happened just after midnight that has become all too typical with these attacks. It's at a time when the protesters are usually sleeping and are caught very much unawares.

TONY EASTLEY: This latest attack it poses real dangers for this standoff to escalate between pro and anti-government supporters.

KAREN PERCY: There are very real fears that, that's going to be the case. This is the forth death for the anti-government group. There was a young women killed in a tear-gas tit-for-tat, we saw a clash with police on October the 7th that was at the national parliament.

Another man was killed in an explosion in related violence at that time. We had at the Government House compound remembering they had actually occupied that for three months until last night.

He died when a grenade attack came through one of their tents - that's about two weeks ago, this death today. We've also had a government supporter several months ago killed in street clashes with these protesters and we really haven't seen the sides go at each other but that could well be brewing. The government supporters now are in large numbers inside the city centre and they have threatened retaliation for these large protests.

TONY EASTLEY: The future of the Thai Prime Minister, Somchai Wongsawat, and his government Karen, it hangs in the balance today but it's not because of the massive demonstrations?

KAREN PERCY: No it's the Constitutional Court which holds Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat's future in its hands. He's very much been missing in action in this whole crisis. He's not in Bangkok, he's been in the northern city of Chang Mai, poor handling of this crisis, he's had no control of the police or the army, but yes, it will come down to an issue from last year's election.

A vote-buying allegation case against his People Power Party and there's a very real chance in the next day or so his party will be dissolved. The Constitutional Court will make a final decision or finalise that case today and that will mean the Prime Minister and other executives have no choice but to stand down here.

TONY EASTLEY: Our South-East Asia correspondent in Bangkok- Karen Percy.

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