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Explosive device tossed at Thai anti-government protesters injures 36

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Anti-government protesters are given first aid after an explosive device was tossed at their march.

An explosive device tossed at Thai anti-government protesters tore through the group injuring 36 and seriously hurting one as they marched through the country’s capital Bangkok on Friday, police said.

The unknown attacker struck at the group as they took to the streets to demand that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down to make way for an unelected "people's council."

The main opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban was at the helm of the march. But a spokesman for the movement told Reuters that he was unharmed by the explosion -- even though he was just about 30 yards away.

The overall injury toll came from the Erawan Medical Center, which monitors Bangkok hospitals, the agency reported.

The latest unrest flared in November and escalated on Monday when the demonstrators led by Suthep, a former opposition politician, brought parts of the capital to a standstill and forced many ministries to close. 

Reuters contributed to this report. 

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