A few days before Major-General Khattiya Sawasdipol was targeted for death in an alleged niper attack Thursday, his Seh Daeng or "Commander Red" nickname was in the air. Many Bangkokians weary of the Red Shirts who have paralyzed the city and disrupted their lives had already concluded that Khattiya was an obstacle to peace. He was shot in the head while talking with New York Times reporter Thomas Fuller and was in intensive care in a Bangkok hospital. The government had branded him a "terrorist" who was accused of not only having masterminded the April 10 riot that killed 25 but also of fomenting violence through a series of mysterious grenade attacks leading up to April 10 and after. The grenade blasts wounded at least a hundred people.