Violent clashes in Bangkok have left at least three people dead and more than 50 injured as riot police attempted to clear out anti-government protest sites in Thailand's capital.

Erawan emergency medical services said a male civilian died from a head wound and a police officer received a fatal chest wound. It also said another man died, but did not have further details. It said 57 others were injured in the clashes.

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Thai police officers assist a colleague after an explosion during clashes with anti-government protestersReuters
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Thai policemen aim their weapons towards anti-government protesters during clashes near Government HouseReuters
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Protesters and other civilians take cover as shots are fired during clashes near Government HouseReuters
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An injured reporter is taken to an ambulanceReuters
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A Thai policeman flees after an explosion during clashes with anti-government protestersReuters
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A protester pushes policemen during clashes near the Government House in BangkokReuters
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Protesters drive a forklift to lift a car after clashes with riot police officers near the Government HouseReuters
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An anti-government protester waving a Thai national flag stands on a toppled police vehicleReuters
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Anti-government protesters react during clashes with riot police officersReuters