Thai troops faced stubborn resistance from anti-government protesters in Bangkok and several northern provinces Monday as the death toll from four days of clashes in the capital rose to 35.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Erawan Emergency Centre said another 244 people had been wounded in the clashes since Thursday night.
The shooting Thursday night of renegade army General Khattiya Sawasdipol, 58, a militant leader of the protesters, touched off the latest round of violence. Khattiya, alias Seh Daeng (Red Commander) died Monday morning as a result of his head wound.
Khattiya, 58, was shot by an unidentified sniper while being interviewed by reporters inside the barricaded protest site in central Bangkok.
Local media reports also said an air force officer was among six people killed in overnight skirmishes Sunday with so-called red shirt protesters. A police captain was among the injured.