27 people, including gunmen, killed in "unprecedented" mass shooting: Thai PM 1

27 people, including gunmen, killed in “unprecedented” mass shooting: Thai PM


Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand: the death toll rose to 27 in a massive Sunday shooting in Thailand, of which 57 were injured, adding that the shooter had a “personal problem”.

Thai security forces shot and killed a hooligan soldier Sunday, rammed a mall in a northeastern city, ended a siege of one night in a series of attacks.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed that the soldier was shot in Terminal 21 shopping center in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

“Thanks to the police and the army for ending the situation. The shooter shot to death !!” said Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul in a post on Facebook. The police and the army also said he was killed.

The police have identified the suspect shooter as a 32-year-old soldier, Jakrapanth Thomma.

The massacre started around 3 p.m. (0800 GMT), soldiers opened fire on the house on Saturday, then moved to an army camp, then to a shopping mall and posted a message on Facebook when he left.

Thai media said the alleged shooter had worked on a military base near Nakhon Ratchasima province, which is approximately 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the capital Bangkok. Prior to the attack, Jakrapanth posted on his Facebook account that he was going to take revenge, but he said nothing.

“We don’t know why he did this. It looks like he’s crazy,” said Defense Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit.

All night, soldiers and police rushed to the mall and accompanied hundreds of prisoners safely.

Suvanarat Jirattanasakul, 27, said, “It’s frightening because I hear gunshots now and then … We waited a long time before the police came to help us.” She is 27 years old.

The shopping center spent a long weekend shopping to spend Buddhist holidays.

Closed-circuit TV recordings of the mall’s interior on social media showed that the shooter was dressed in black clothes, wearing a mask, with the muzzle over his shoulder, and there was no sign of anyone else nearby.

Facebook said the suspect’s account has been deleted.

A Facebook representative said in a statement: “No one has committed such atrocities on Facebook and we are not allowed to praise or support such attacks.”

Except in the Far East, where the uprisings have been going on for decades, there have been few major shootings in Southeast Asian countries.

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