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Thai soldier kills 20 in shooting spree

Reuters/Bangkok
Filed on February 9, 2020 | Last updated on February 9, 2020 at 05.25 am
thai soldier, kills, 12, shooting, rampage, bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima

(AFP)

The soldier opened fire at different locations in the city.

A Thai soldier killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 20 in a shooting rampage on Saturday in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima in the northeast of Thailand and is still at large in a shopping mall, police said.

At least 20 people had been killed and 21 wounded, police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said. One ambulance service official in the city confirmed the death toll was as high as 20.

"We don't know why he did this. It appears he went mad," said defence ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit.

Police identified the suspect as Jakrapanth Thomma. He had posted on his Facebook page earlier in the day that "Death is inevitable for everyone".

He also posted a picture of what appeared to be his hand holding a gun.

At one point after the shooting had begun, the suspect posted "Should I give up?" before his account became inaccessible.


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