Kathmandu: At least 38 people have been killed in an attack at a childcare facility in north-eastern Thailand. As reported by BBC, more than 20 children are among the dead, with victims as young as two years old.
The attack began when a man armed with a gun and a knife stormed into the childcare facility in Nong Bua Lamphu province. The attacker – who killed himself and his family as police searched for him – has been identified as former police officer Panya Khamrab.
He was dismissed from the police force earlier this year and was facing trial on drugs charges. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered an urgent probe into the attack and offered condolences to the families of the victims, reported the BBC.
Mass shootings are relatively rare in Thailand, although gun ownership is high for the region.
(News Source: BBC)