Gunman in Thailand Kills 34 People at Children's Daycare Center

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Laila Afifa

6 October 2022 15:50 WIB

Thai security forces take cover behind an ambulance as they chase a shooter hidden in a shopping mall after a mass shooting in front of the Terminal 21, in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand February 9, 2020. Thai security forces shot and killed the rogue soldier, named by police as 32-year-old soldier Jakrapanth Thomma, after an overnight standoff at the Terminal 21 shopping centre in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, where most of the victims of the massacre were killed. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

TEMPO.CO, Bangkok - A former policeman killed 34 people on Thursday, Oct. 6, in a mass shooting at a children's day-care center in Thailand, with media reporting the gunman later shot and killed himself.

The victims included 22 children as well as adults, police said in a statement.

Earlier, police said a manhunt was underway for the shooter, and a government spokesman said the prime minister had alerted all agencies to apprehend the culprit.

Mass shootings are rare in Thailand even though the rate of gun ownership is high compared with some other countries in the region, and illegal weapons are common.

In 2020, a soldier angry over a property deal gone sour killed at least 29 people and wounded 57 in a rampage that spanned four locations.

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