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German teens fire rubber pellets at King of Thailand

German prosecutors said they were investigating 14-year-old boy suspected of shooting plastic bullets at the King of Thailand.

Earlier this month, the King was cycling in Landshut, Bavaria, in southern Germany when two boys, aged 13 and 14, shot at him with an airsoft gun. The two fired the gun from a house window at a group of cyclists who just so happened to include King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his entourage. It is unknown if the boys knew who they were shooting at.

When shot at, the King and his entourage did not stop, but the police were alerted “via official channels.”

Thomas Rauscher, a prosecutor in the southern town of Landshut, said “A toy pistol, a soft air pistol, was used. First, it was fired at a group of cyclists, one of whom was the King of Thailand.” No one was injured in the incident.

Prosecutors have said that the King’s household did not wish for charges to be brought in the case. However, Rauscher stated that it is “not up to the victim to decide [about charges].”

The 14-year-old, who has not been named, is under investigation for attempted grievous bodily harm. The 13-year-old is too young to be investigated.

The prosecutor’s office will decide whether to the charge the teenager with a criminal offence.

The King, who ascended to the throne in October after the death of his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is a frequent visitor to Bavaria where he owns two villas.

King Bhumibol was revered amongst the Thailand people during his seven-decade reign for bringing a sense of stability to a country rocked with political instability. Following a military coup in 2014, the military declined to claim control over the palace.

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