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Gunman murders at least 30 in nursery attack

Gunman murders at least 30 in nursery attack

NONG BUA: A former police officer armed with a gun and a knife stormed a nursery in Nong Bua in northeast Thailand today (Oct 6), shooting dead at least 30 people including children before killing himself and his family, police said.

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By AFP

Thursday 6 October 2022, 03:38PM


Panya Khamrab. Photo:AFP / Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau

Panya Khamrab. Photo:AFP / Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau

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 12:30pm before fleeing the scene in a vehicle, the force said.

“The death toll from the shooting incident... is at least 30 people,” Anucha Burapachaisri, a spokesman for the Thai prime minister’s office, said.

Police colonel Jakkapat Vijitraithaya, from the province where the attack happened, identified the gunman as Panya Khamrab, a police lieutenant colonel he said was dismissed from the force last year for drug use.

Jakkapat said there were 23 children among the dead, aged two to three years old.

The mass killing comes less than a month after a serving army officer shot dead two colleagues at a military training base in the capital Bangkok.

While Thailand has high rates of gun ownership, mass shootings are extremely rare.

But in the past year, there have been at least two other cases of shooting murders by serving soldiers, according to the Bangkok Post.

And in 2020, in one of the kingdom’s deadliest incidents in recent years, a soldier gunned down 29 people in a 17-hour rampage and wounded scores more before he was shot dead by commandos.

That mass shooting was linked to a debt dispute between gunman Sergeant-Major Jakrapanth Thomma and a senior officer, and the military top brass were at pains to portray the killer as a rogue soldier.

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christysweet | 07 October 2022 - 15:32:31

I don't. Maybe he just slaughtered 37  for no reason at all. Some horrific video on Newsflare of the carnage on the street where at least 5 people were also gunned down.  

DeKaaskopp | 07 October 2022 - 10:49:10

@Christysweet     How do you know that the use of drugs and the dismissal from the police force was the reason for this attack ?

JohnC | 07 October 2022 - 10:09:26

Something very wrong with the selection process for becoming police officers here. I know it is common that they "pay" for positions of influence and promotions to profitable locations but the bottom line of new constables is where the problems begin. It would be very interesting to know what psychiatric checks and balances are done BEFORE the are armed and let loose on the citizens of T...

christysweet | 07 October 2022 - 10:06:46

This is what treating drug addicts like criminals gets you- mass carnage and dozens of families ripped to shreds and it was all completely avoidable. 

 

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