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Death toll in Thailand mall shooting Strikes 21 after raid to Prevent gunman

Last updated on February 9, 2020

A part of the Thai security forces has been killed early on Sunday in a raid into a shopping mall to attempt and prevent a soldier to a shooting rampage, bringing the entire death toll to 21, the health ministry stated.

The killings started at about 3 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Saturday when the soldier opened fire at a home before proceeding into a military camp and then to the mall at Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand, submitting messages on Facebook as he traveled.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters at the spectacle which one among the security forces had been killed and two injured in the raid. As he talked, a set of explosions and additional shooting echoed in the Root 21 mall.

Police closed off roads around the mall and retained journalists behind a security cordon.

Another staggered in the construction barechested because he was helped on a stretcher.

At least 31 other individuals are wounded.

Thai media said the suspected shot had worked in a military base near Nakhon Ratchasima, which will be roughly 250 kilometers (155 miles) in the capital Bangkok. Before the assault, Jakrapanth had submitted on his Facebook accounts he was out for vengeance — he didn’t say to what.

‘It seems he went crazy’

“We do not understand why he did so.

It was uncertain how many shoppers and employees remained within the shopping mall later police and soldiers had previously escorted countless trapped individuals to security, Kongcheep explained.

“It was terrifying because I could listen to the occasional gunshot… we waited quite a while for the authorities to come and assist us many hours”

The mall has been busy with shoppers over a very long weekend to get its Buddhist Makha Bucha holiday season.

CCTV footage from within the mall published on societal media revealed that the gunman dressed in black and wearing a mask, his weapon slung on his shoulder with no indication of others around.

Facebook stated it had eliminated the defendant’s account.

“There is not any location on Facebook for men and women who perpetuate this sort of atrocity, nor do we permit individuals to praise or encourage that assault,” a Facebook representative stated in a statement.

Important shootings are rare in the Southeast Asian nation aside from in the far southwest, in which a decades-old insurgency persists.

Nakhon Ratchasima is among the largest cities in northeastern Thailand, an island of relative wealth in a rice-growing region that’s among the weakest areas of the nation of 69 million individuals.