Jun 23, 2024

At least 31 killed including kids, in mass shooting at nursery in Thailand

Around 31 people have been killed when an ex-police officer opened an attack on a preschool child daycare center in Thailand police says.

The suspect is on the loose following the incident at Nong Bua Lamphu, in the northeast region of the country.

Police say that adults and children are among those who have been killed.

The attacker shot and stabbed children and adults and is now on the run, police said. A motive for the attack is unclear.

Reports from Thailand claim that the officer was dismissed recently.

Police say that he was last driving a white four-door Toyota pickup truck that had Bangkok identification plates.

A top police officer from Nong Bua Lamphu province said 23 children were among those killed, AFP news agency reports.

Shootings that kill a large number of people in Thailand are very rare. In 2020 a soldier killed 21 people and injured dozens more in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Thailand gunman kills family and self following shooting at the nursery police

A former officer of the police equipped with a gun as well as knives stormed a kindergarten in the northeast of Thailand on the 6th of October killing more than 30 people, including children. He then killed himself and his family members police said.

“The attacker, armed with a shotgun, a pistol and a knife, opened fire on the childcare centre in Nong Bua Lam Phu Province at about 12.30 p.m. [05:30 GMT] before fleeing the scene in a vehicle,” the police reported.

“The death toll from the shooting incident… is at least 30 people,” Anucha Burapachaisri, the spokesman of the Thailand Office of the Prime Minister, said.

The police colonel Jakkapat Vijitraithaya from the province in which the incident took place, identified the shooter as Panya Khamrab Lieutenant Colonel Panya Khamrab, who was fired from the force in 2012 because of drug abuse. Jakkapat said there were 23 children among the dead, aged two to three years old

 

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