Bangkok: 34 people including 22 children were reportedly killed in a mass shooting incident in a northeastern province of Thailand on Thursday.
The shooting took place at the Child Development Center in Uthaisawan Na Klang district, Nong Bua Lamphu province, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office.
- The shooter, Panya Khamrab, was a former police officer who was released from service.
- “Follow up Mr Panya Khamrab, 34, the assailant in the shooting at the child’s center. Uthai Sawan Subdistrict, Na Klang District, Nong Bua Lamphu Province. Observe the vehicle used by the culprit, a white Toyota Vigo pickup truck, license plate registration 6 Kor 6499, Bangkok,” Thailand’s Central Investigation Police (CIP) said in a Facebook post.
- Victims included both children and adults, police said in a statement, adding that the gunman was an ex-police officer and a manhunt was underway.
- The prime minister has alerted all agencies to take action and apprehend the culprit, a government spokesperson said.
(More details awaited)