Bangkok: Thirty-eight individuals have been killed in Thailand on Thursday in a gun-and-knife assault on a daycare heart by a former policeman who killed his spouse and little one earlier than turning his arms on himself, police stated.
District police officer Chakrafat Vichitvaidya advised the media that the victims of the suspected attacker included 22 kids, recognized as Panya Khamrab, who was discharged from service final 12 months for drug-related causes.
Police stated that Panya was in court docket on drug costs earlier than finishing up the assault. Citing eyewitnesses, he stated the gunman was additionally seen wielding a knife.
District Officer Jidapa Boonsom, who was working at a close-by workplace on the time, advised Reuters that about 30 kids have been within the heart when the gunman arrived, lower than typical, as heavy rain stored many individuals away.
“The shooter got here at lunchtime and shot 4 or 5 officers on the first childcare heart,” Jidapa stated. One among them was a instructor who was eight months pregnant.
“At first individuals thought it was fireworks,” she stated.
The gunman then broke right into a closed room, stated Zidapa, to stab the youngsters the place the youngsters have been sleeping.
Movies posted on social media confirmed sheets masking our bodies of blood-soaked kids on the heart within the city of Uthai Sawan, 500 km northeast of Bangkok in Nong Bua Lamphu province.