38 dead in a mass shooting, stabbed by a former police officer in Thailand

Thailand shooting

A former police officer, opened fire while children were sleeping in the center of Na Klang district in Nong Bua Lamphu province, Thailand around noon on Thursday killing thirty eight people mostly children.

The police also reported that most of the children killed at the center were stabbed to death by the attacker who drove his car towards them and shot people before returning home to shoot himself, his wife and his son Witnesses said she was nervous when she arrived at the nursery.

He has been identified as Panya Khamrab, a 34-year-old former police lieutenant colonel who was dismissed from the force last year for possession of methamphetamine. He appeared in court on Thursday on a drug charge.

Prayuth Chan-ocha, the prime minister of Thailand gave his deepest condolences to the families of the victims while he ordered the chief of police to immediately go to the area and all relevant agencies to immediately help all those affected.

While the cause of her actions could not be immediately confirmed, police noted that it was stress and drug related when she appeared in court because she was in court earlier in the day and went to the daycare center to pick up her child according to to report.

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Meanwhile, officials say the results of an autopsy will determine whether or not he had taken drugs before the attack.

Reuters reported that “The gunman arrived at lunchtime and first shot four or five staff at the childcare center.”

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About 30 children were at the facility when the attacker arrived, fewer than usual, because heavy rain kept many people away, according to district officials.

Thailand, along with Myanmar and Laos, forms part of the Golden Triangle in southeast Asia, which has long been known as a center for drug trafficking and production.


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