German teens shoot at Thai king with rubber pellets
It is not confirmed whether any of the rubber pellets hit the Thai king. Image source: Wikimedia commons via Amrufm. Photograph: (Others)
Two teenagers fired rubber pellets at the King of Thailand when the monarch was cycling through southern Bavaria, prosecutors told AFP. The shots were fired in the historic town of Erding, about 35 kilometres from Munich
"I can confirm that on June 10 at around 11pm, two young boys aged 13 and 14 fired rubber pellets with a toy that we call an airsoft gun at a group of cyclists" which included the king of Thailand, said Thomas Steinkraus-Koch, speaking for the prosecution service in the town of Landshut.
The two teens fired at the king twice, once when he was biking then again hours later when he was returning along the same route in a car, DW reports.
The 14-year-old boy is being investigated on suspicion of attempted bodily harm, while the 13-year-old is too young to be prosecuted.
Steinkraus-Koch offered no clarification on whether or not King Maha Vajiralongkom was hit by any of the rubber pellets. But he said the king's aides had told the prosecution that he did not wish to press charges.
The Thai king owns several properties in the south of Germany.