According to a police official quoted by the news agency Reuters, at least 38 people—including 22 children—were killed on Thursday in a shooting at a children’s daycare facility in Thailand’s northeastern province. It further stated that the shooter, an ex-police officer, killed himself after the incident.
The official told Reuters that the gunman killed his wife, child, and himself while carrying out the shooting. According to reports, he was let off from the police department last year. The victims included youngsters as young as 2 years old, according to the police. Early in the afternoon, the gunman reportedly started shooting in the heart of Nongbua Lamphu.
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A report from Thailand The shooter, named as former Pol Cpl Panya Khamrab by the Bangkok Post, was armed with both firearms and knives when he broke into the centre and started shooting. According to a Reuters article citing the police, he had been released from the military due to drug-related issues. When the shooter entered the centre at about midday, there were about 30 kids there.
Jidapa Boonsom, a district official, claimed that he initially shot four or five members of the staff, among them a teacher who was eight months pregnant. She continued, “At first, folks believed it was fireworks. According to the allegation, videos shared on social media showed what seemed to be children’s bodies lying in bloody pools at the centre in the town of Uthai Sawan in the northeastern province of Nong Bua Lamphu.
Although Thailand has a high percentage of gun ownership compared to certain other nations in the region, enormous quantities of illegal firearms, many of which have been imported over the years from war-torn neighbours across porous borders, are not included in official statistics. Mass shootings are uncommon, but in 2020, a soldier who was upset about a property deal gone wrong went on a spree that left 57 people injured and at least 29 dead.