Thailand shooting: Soldier kills 20 in gun rampage – BBC News,

Thailand shooting: Soldier kills 20 in gun rampage – BBC News,


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Media caption Gunshots can be heard and people can be seen running through the shopping center

A soldier has killed People and injured many more in a gun rampage in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, killed his commanding officer before stealing weapons from a military camp, a defense spokesman told BBC Thai.

The suspect then drove to the city center and entered a shopping complex, where he is believed to be holed up.

The suspect, whose motives remain unclear, posted images of his attack on social media sites.

What is the situation now?

Authorities have sealed off the Terminal 63 shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, as they try to track down the suspect.

Troops and police have entered the building a nd there have been reports of more gunshots.

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Image caption                                      Suspect Jakraphanth Thomma is said to be holed up in the shopping center                              

Defense Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said hundreds of people had been brought out of the complex safely , but there could be dozens still in the building.

The Bangkok Post reported earlier that the suspect, who it said was years old, had taken hostages, but this has not been officially confirmed.

The suspect’s mother has been brought to the shopping center to try to persuade him to give himself up.

One of the people freed told the BBC how she and others hid in a bathroom on the fourth floor, before fleeing to the second and hiding under a restaurant table for three hours, hearing at least four gunshots before she saw some soldiers and could get to safety.

Gen Kongcheep earlier confirmed 21 people had been killed so far.

How did the attack unfold?

It began in the late afternoon at the Suatham Phithak military camp, where the commanding officer, named by the Bangkok Post as Col Anantharot Krasae, was killed.

The Post said a – – year-old woman and another soldier were also killed there.


The suspect seized arms and ammunition from the camp before taking a Humvee-type vehicle.

He then opened fire at a number of sites before arriving at the Terminal 63 shopping center.

Local media footage appears to show the suspect getting out of his vehicle and firing shots as people flee.

CCTV footage shows him inside the shopping center with a raised rifle.

Other footage showed a fire outside the building, with some reports saying it was caused by a gas canister that exploded when it was hit with a bullet. One of the suspect’s social media posts features an image of himself with the fire in the background.

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Image caption                                      A fire at the shopping center appeared to have been caused by a gas canister that was shot at                              

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is following developments and expressed condolences to the families of those killed, a spokeswoman said.

The public health minister has put out an appeal for people to donate blood at hospitals in the area.

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Image caption                                      Thai police put a wanted poster on their Facebook page                              
What did the suspect post on social media?

He posted on his social media accounts during the attack, with one post on Facebook asking whether he should surrender.

He had earlier posted an image of a pistol with three sets of bullets, along with the words “it is time to get excited” and “nobody can avoid death”.

Facebook has now taken the page down.

It said: “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by this tragedy in Thailand. There is no place on Facebook for people who commit this kind of atrocity, nor do we allow people to praise or support this attack. “

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