According to the latest data, 38 people died in the shooting attack in the north-east of Thailand, among them 22 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.
The attack took place in Na Kland district of Nong Bua Lampu province.
As reported by the BBC, the police identified the attacker as 34-year-old Panja Kamrab, who was armed with a pistol, a rifle and a knife. He had a permit to possess weapons. Thai PBS reported that the attacker was fired from the police force last year due to drug use.
The attacker first shot four or five employees, including a teacher who was 8 months pregnant. “At first people thought it was fireworks,” said district official Jidapa Bunsom. He then allegedly made his way to a closed room where the children were sleeping after lunch 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 after the massacre and started shooting at passers-by, driving his vehicle into them. He then returned home and killed his wife and child, a police spokesman explained.
Around 30 children were in the kindergarten during the attack, added Džidapa Bunsom. This is less than usual, and the reason for this was the bad weather, due to which many parents did not take their children to kindergarten.
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.