Thai official: Red Shirts plotted assassinations

PadangEkspres.net- Thai security official has charged that members of the anti-government Red Shirt group were given training in Cambodia to assassinate top Thai leaders, including the prime minister.

Police Lt. Col. Payao Thongsen of the Department of Special Investigation told reporters Monday that 11 men arrested last week in northern Thailand were among 39 given ideological and combat training in a "neighboring country."

Maps he displayed of the routes the men allegedly took to their training ground led to Cambodian border crossings.

Two months of Red Shirt protests earlier this year calling for early elections degenerated into violence. About 90 people were killed by the time the army cleared the streets of demonstrators on May 19.

There was no immediate comment from Cambodia.

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