At least 30 killed in asylum attack in Thailand
Authorities say a former police officer killed at least 34 people in a creche in Thailand. Many children are said to be among the dead in the center of Nong Bua Lamphu, in the north-east of the country.
AndA former police officer caused a bloodbath in a daycare center in Thailand, killing more than 30 people. Deputy Police Chief Torsak Sukwimol spoke on Thursday afternoon (local time) of at least 34 dead, then the number rose to 36. According to information, 24 children were among the victims.
Twelve other people were injured. The bloody crime took place in the district of Na Klang, in the province of Nong Bua Lamphu, in the north-east of the country. The local hospital has asked for blood donations, as reported by the Khaosod newspaper.
The author is said to have been armed with firearms and knives and used force to enter the building, the Bangkok Post newspaper said. Then he immediately opened fire. It is said that the author was on the run with a white pickup truck. According to various media reports, he later committed suicide. Before that, he also killed his wife and son.
Relatives of the victims were completely desperate, wrote “Khaosod”. The background of the fact is still completely obscure. The perpetrator is said to have been fired by the police for drug-related offenses.
Nong Bua Lamphu province is not far from the border with Laos. In Thailand, heavily influenced by Buddhism, crimes with many deaths are rare. In February 2020, a soldier killed 29 people in a rampage. He had taken hostages in a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, in the north-east of the country. He was subsequently shot dead by the security forces.