Terrible drama in Thailand where a man attacked a nativity scene with a rifle, a pistol and a knife. He killed at least 35 people including 23 children. The attacker then killed his family before committing suicide.
A former police officer armed with a gun and knife on Thursday killed at least 35 people, including 23 children from a daycare in Thailand, one of the worst massacres the kingdom has ever known, before killing his family and committing suicide. The country’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has ordered an investigation into the “horrific” massacre, he wrote on his Facebook account.
The 34-year-old shooter, armed with a rifle, pistol and knife, opened fire at a kindergarten in Na Klang in the north of the country at around 12:30 local time (6:30 GMT), a police colonel from the province said. by Nong Bua Lamphu. Then he fled by car, shooting down several passersby, Jakkapat Vijitraithaya described, before killing his wife and their child. The slaughter ended when he took his own life.
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23 children between the ages of 2 and 3 were killed
Among the victims are 23 children between the ages of two and three, Jakkapat Vijitraithaya said. The killer, Panya Khamrab, was fired from his post as a lieutenant colonel last year due to a drug problem. “He tried to hit other people on the road. He hit a motorcycle and two people were injured. I ran away,” said witness Paweena Purichan, 31, who was riding a motorcycle. “There was blood everywhere,” she said she.
29 deaths in 2020
Thailand is one of the countries in the world with the largest number of weapons in circulation. A shooting by an army officer took place in February 2020 in Thailand in a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, killing 29 people. The killer, a 31-year-old warrant officer, was shot dead by law enforcement after his nearly 17-hour killing spree. He had acted after an argument with a superior.
“This is unprecedented in Thailand and I want this to be the last time such a crisis occurs,” said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, still in office at the time. In September there was also a Royal Army sergeant major behind a shooting at a military site in Bangkok, which killed two officers.