10 bodies found in Thai shopping centre

10 bodies found in Thai shopping centre

A soldier patrols Thailand’s biggest shopping mall,  Central World, on Friday. APThe centre was set ablaze in the wake of an army attack on Wednesday on anti-government protesters camped in the central Ratchaprasong commercial district.
Spring TV News quoted firefighters as saying they discovered nine bodies during an inspection of the remains of the giant shopping complex.

The firefighters said they did not know the cause of death and police and soldiers refused to allow reporters into the area.Earlier on Friday the body of a man was found on the fourth floor of the mall, according to police, after they entered the building in the morning to look for evidence of arson.

Around 34 other buildings were torched in the aftermath of the army attack at Ratchaprasong, according to government figures.

PM’s promise
Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he was committed to national reconciliation but made no offer of fresh elections. Protesters have demanded new elections, saying they are disenfranchised by the urban elite. “Let me reassure you that this government will meet these challenges and overcome these difficulties through the five-point reconciliation plan that I had previously announced,” said Abhisit in a TV address to the nation.

The plan offers political reforms, social justice and an investigation into violence. Abhisit had separately offered fresh elections in Nov, but has since withdrawn the offer, leaving political divisions unhealed.

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