Thailand: At least 30 killed in attack on child care center, police say. Police said that both children and adults were among the victims in northeastern Thailand. The assailant went on to take his own life. A gunman killed at least 30 people in northern Thailand on Thursday. The onslaught occurred at a child care center.
What we know so far, Both children and adults were among the victims, police said in a statement, which also noted the gunman was a former police officer. Members of the gunman’s family were also killed in the incident.
Police Maj. Gen. Achayon Kraithong said the assailant opened fire early in the afternoon in the town of Nongbua Lamphu. The gunman has since taken his own life. According to Thai media reports, the gunman also used knives in the attack.
Shootings of this nature rare. Mass shootings are rare in Thailand. In 2020, however, a soldier angry over a property deal that went wrong went on a rampage, killing at least 29 people and wounding 57 others. The incident took place across four locations.
At least 34 people, including 22 kids, were killed Thursday in a mass shooting at a children’s day-care centre in a northeastern province of Thailand, reported news agency Reuters citing a police official. The gunman was an ex-police officer and he took his own life following the shooting, it added.
The official confirmed to Reuters the gunman killed his wife and child and himself during the incident. He was reportedly discharged from the police force last year.
Police added that children as young as 2 years old were among the victims. At least 12 people were injured in addition to the 34 casualties.
The gunman reportedly opened fire early in the afternoon in the centre of the town of Nongbua Lamphu.
A report in Thailand-based Bangkok Post identified the gunman as former Pol Cpl Panya Khamrab and said that he carried guns and knives as he forced his way inside the centre and opened fire.