A gunman has killed at least 38 people in an attack at a children’s day care centre in Nong Bua Lamphu province. He subsequently opened fire on and crashed his vehicle into a crowd of bystanders, before returning home and killing his wife and child, police said
The gunman – who has been named by Thai police as former policeman Panya Khamrab – then shot himself dead. He had been dismissed from the police force over drug offences, police said
The gunman’s child was a regular pupil at the day care centre, according to a teacher present at the scene of the attack who spoke to Thai TV. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offered his deepest condolences to the victims’s families and said he had ordered an investigation into the attack to be fast-tracked
World leaders have also been offering their sympathies to the victims of the attack. UK Prime Minister Liz Truss said she was “shocked” to hear of the “horrific events’. Australian leader Anthony Albanese said it was “impossible to comprehend the heartbreak” and said “all Australians send their love and condolences”.