Thai shooter kills at least 35, including 24 children, in daycare center

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Thailand: A shooter kills at least 35 including 24 children in a daycare center

The perpetrator killed at least 35 people, including 24 children.

A former police officer killed at least 35 people, including 24 children, Thursday, in a mass shooting at a day care center in northeastern Thailand.

The perpetrator of this killing, a man from 34, then killed his wife and child and committed suicide, said a police colonel from Nong Bua Lamphu province.

Twelve people were also injured, three of them seriously, said police colonel Jakkapat Vijitraithaya.

We are still trying to understand what prompted a man to commit a killing in a daycare center in Thailand. The latest toll reports at least 35 dead, including 24 children. We are discussing it with our correspondent in Asia, Philippe Leblanc.

The attack began at lunchtime in a daycare centre. The assailant, armed with a rifle, pistol and knife, opened fire at a daycare center in Na Klang before fleeing by car and hitting several pedestrians. /p>

The country's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has ordered an investigation into the horrific massacre, he wrote on his Facebook account. The leader asked the chief of police to go to the scene and speed up the investigation.

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About 30 children were at the daycare when the shooter arrived, a lower than normal number due to heavy rains which left several families at home.

Photos and videos of the daycare posted online showed the floor of one room which was smeared with blood.

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The shooter, Panya Khamrab, was sacked from his post as a lieutenant colonel last year due to drug use.

He allegedly killed 22 children and two adults in the building before fleeing, according to a police statement. But he continued to shoot people from his car, Police General Paisal Luesomboon told The Associated Press.

After returning home, he killed his wife and child, then himself, police added.

Ex-policeman killed dozens of people, including about 20 children, at the Uthai Sawan daycare center in Thailand.

Mass killings are rare in Thailand, even though the rate of possession of firearms is high compared to other countries in Southeast Asia.

As of February 2020, a dissatisfied soldier in a real estate deal killed at least 29 more people of injuring 57 in a mass shooting that took place at four locations, including a shopping mall.

With information by Agence France-Presse, and Reuters

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