US urges probe into Thailand attacks

Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban addresses supporters during a rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok on February 26, 2014Washington (United States) (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called on Thailand to investigate “politically-motivated” attacks, denouncing the deaths of several children as “horrifying.” “I call upon Thai authorities to investigate these attacks swiftly and bring those responsible to justice,” he said, adding “violence is not an acceptable means of resolving political differences.” Thai opposition protesters seeking to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office said Friday they would abandon most of their rally sites in the capital, ending their self-styled “shutdown” of Bangkok, which has lasted some four months. The move follows increasingly frequent gunfire and grenade attacks targeting the protest sites, mostly at night.

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