Soldier who killed 20 in Thailand is shot dead

Soldiers evacuate a hostage from the scene of a mass shooting at the Terminal 21 shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, 09 February 2020. EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A soldier who killed 20 people in a gun rampage in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima has been shot dead by the security forces, Thai police say.

Jakraphanth Thomma on Saturday killed his commanding officer before stealing weapons from a military camp.

Officials said that the death toll stood at 20, with 42 wounded, revising an earlier total of 21 dead. However, it is still possible that the number of fatalities could rise.

Soldier goes on shooting rampage, killing at least 21 in Nakhon Ratchasima
Thai police officers secure the area at the scene of a mass shooting outside the Terminal 21 shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

The suspect continued his attack on the streets and in a shopping centre in Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat.

The gunman, who posted material to social media, was shot dead after being cornered all night in the building.

His motives for his actions remain unclear.

 

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