These killings happened in northern Thailand in Nong Bua Lamphu
New Delhi: 34 people were killed in a firing at a daycare center in Thailand. Out of 34 22 were children AFP reported quoting police officials. “There are at least 34 dead but details were still coming in,” Deputy Police spokesperson Archon Kraitong said.
These killings happened in northern Thailand in Nong Bua Lamphu. The firing took place in the noon time. Officials said that the man who shot people was a former police official.
“All agencies have been alerted to take action,” Thailand’s police said.
The gunman killed his wife and child before killing himself, Reuters reported citing Thailand media. Cops further said that children as young as 2 years old were among the victims. At least 12 people were injured in addition to the 34 casualties.
A report in Thailand-based Bangkok Post identified the gunman as former Pol Cpl Panya Khamrab. The report also stated that he carried guns and knives as he forced his way inside the center and opened fire.
According to Reuters report, he had been discharged from his duties for drug-related reasons.
A district official Jidapa Boonsom said that he first shot four or five staff, including a teacher who was eight months pregnant.
“At first people thought it was fireworks,” she added.
Videos shared on social media showed what seemed to be children’s bodies lying in bloody pools at the center in the town of Uthai Sawan in the northeastern province of Nong Bua Lamphu.
Mass shootings are rare in Thailand but in 2020 a soldier angry over a property deal gone sour killed at least 29 people and wounded 57 in a rampage.
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