According to the latest data, 34 people died in the attack on the kindergarten in the northeast of Thailand, among them 23 children, the youngest were only two years old. The attack was carried out by a former police officer who returned home after the attack in the kindergarten, killed his wife and child, and tried himself.
Another 12 people are injured.
As confirmed by the Thai police, the attacker’s wife and child are also among the victims. He is said to have used a gun and a knife in the attack, his inclination is still unknown unknown.
As the BBC reports, the police have identified the attacker. It is about 34-year-old Panja Kamrab. Thai PBS reported that the attacker was fired from the police force last year due to drug use.
The attack took place in Na Kland district of Nong Bua Lampu province.
About 30 children were in the kindergarten during the attack, district official Jidapa Bunsom said, according to Reuters. This is less than usual, and the reason for this was bad weather. The attacker first shot four or five employees, including a teacher who was 8 months pregnant. “At first people thought it was fireworks,” said Jidapa Bunsom. He then allegedly made his way to the classroom where the children were sleeping and attacked them with a knife.
According to police, the attacker was in court for a drug-related hearing before the attack. Then he was supposed to go to the kindergarten and since his child was not there, he left the kindergarten and started shooting at passers-by, he also drove his vehicle into them. He then returned home and killed his wife and child, a police spokesman explained.
Prime Minister Prajut Čan-oča expressed his condolences to the relatives and described the shooting as a shock.
Mass shootings are rare in Thailand. In 2020, a soldier frustrated by a failed real estate deal killed 29 people and wounded 57 more at four locations.