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At Least 35 Killed in Mass Shooting at Thailand Daycare Centre

7 October 2022 02:51

At least 24 children and 11 adults were killed on Thursday, in an attack that began at a Childcare Center in Northeastern Thailand.

The gunman then fled the scene, shooting from his car as he drove home, where he killed his wife and child,  before taking his own life. Authorities identified the assailant as a former police officer and said that he entered the child care center afternoon, in the Northeastern Thai town of Nong Bua Lamphu.

Twenty-two children and two adults were killed in the building before the assailant fled, according to a police statement. But he continued to shoot people from his car, police major general Faisal Luesomboon told the associated press. Police said he killed another two children and nine adults outside the childcare center, including his wife and his son.

According to Thai media reports, the gunman also used knives in the attack and then fled the building. Photographs showed at least two bodies on the floor of the center, covered in white sheets.

Several media outlets identified the assailant, as a former police lieutenant colonel from the region, but there was no immediate official confirmation.