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Thai soldier kills 12, injures multiple in a shooting rampage


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

08th Feb, 2020. 07:58 pm
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Thailand shooting

A Thai soldier has killed at least 12 people in a shooting rampage in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

According to the Police officials, suspect of Saturday’s attack, Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma stole an army vehicle and posted photos and video of himself in full tactical gear as the attack was carried out.

Earlier in the day, he wrote on his Facebook page that “Death is inevitable for everyone.” The suspect also posted a picture of what appeared to be his hand holding a gun.

At one point after the shooting had begun, he wrote online, “Should I give up?” before his account became inaccessible.

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The soldier opened fire at different locations in the city, which is more than 250km (155 miles) from capital, Bangkok, police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said in a message sent to reporters.

The shooter remained close to a shopping centre and had not yet been apprehended, the police said.

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

Local media showed footage of the soldier getting out of a car in front of the shopping centre and firing a series of shots.

Footage circulating online showed panicked scenes, with people fleeing and what appeared to be the sound of automatic gunfire filling the air.

One video from a bystander showed a man slumped at the wheel of a car in a pool of blood. It was unclear if he was among the dead.

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