One body found at charred Thai mall: agency

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The body of a 24-year-old man was found on Friday at a shopping mall set on fire during riots in Bangkok, medical rescue workers said, denying earlier reports that nine bodies were retrieved.

An official at the Ruamkatanyu Foundation told Reuters only one body had been retrieved so far at Central World mall and it had stopped the search for the day.

A worker at another volunteer agency, the Poh Teck Tung foundation, also said only one body was found.

Bangkok’s state emergency center had said it was looking into a report that nine bodies were found at Central World after the military dispersed protesters from their camp in the area in a crackdown on Wednesday that killed 15 and wounded nearly 100.

The Erawan Emergency Medical Center said a total of 53 people had died and 413 were wounded in the latest wave of violence that began on May 14.

Reporting by Nopporn Wong-Anan and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Bill Tarrant