Thailand shooting: Soldier opens fire near shopping centre

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Published on 08 Feb 2020 / In News & Politics

Video: Thailand shooting, Soldier's Jakraphanth Thomma rampage kills at least 12

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At least 12 people have been shot dead and many injured by a Thai soldier in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Korat), police say.

A defence ministry spokesman told BBC Thai that Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, had attacked his commanding officer before stealing a gun and ammunition from a military camp.

He then opened fire at a Buddhist temple and at a shopping centre in the city, north-east of Bangkok.

The suspect is still at large.

Local media footage appears to show the suspect getting out of a car in front of the Terminal 21 shopping centre in the Muang district and firing shots as people flee.

Authorities have been sealing off the centre as they try to track down the suspect, who is reportedly inside the building.

The suspect posted on his social media accounts during the attack, with one post on Facebook asking whether he should surrender.

He had earlier posted an image of a pistol with three sets of bullets, along with the words: "It is time to get excited."

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Thai soldier goes on shooting rampage, police say many dead

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A Thai soldier has killed several people in a mass shooting across several locations in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeast Thailand, police said.
"The gunman used a machinegun and shot innocent victims resulting in many injured and dead," a police spokesperson told AFP, with local media reporting as many as 12 deaths.
"I cannot confirm the death toll right now, police sealed off the area."
The gunman, identified by police as Sergeant Major Jakapanth Thomma, stole an army vehicle and also posted photos and video of himself in full tactical gear as the attack in Korat was carried out.
Video and photos circulating online showed panicked scenes, with people fleeing and what appeared to be the sound of automatic gunfire filling the air.

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