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Child Care Center Massacre In Thailand - Former Policeman Kills 36 People

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A recently fired police officer with a revolver and a knife went on a killing spree in a child care center massacre in Thailand on Thursday. According to Dr. Surapong Phadungwiang, a provincial health official, he killed 36 people, 24 of whom were children, before the day was over.

The Child Development Center in Uthaisawan, Thailand, had two casualties: a 2-year-old and a teacher who was eight months pregnant, according to the authorities. 10 people were hurt in the incident. Panya Kamrab, 34, was named by authorities as the shooter.

After the massacre at the child care facility, in Nong Bua Lamphu Province, the gunman shot himself fatally at his own home, where his wife and son were also found dead.

- Damrongsak Kittipraphat, the national police head

The number of people killed on Thursday far surpasses the number of people killed in the bloodiest school shootings in the United States. At Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, twenty-six people were murdered, including twenty children; in May of this year, twenty-nine children and two adults were killed in Uvalde, Texas.

After a soldier murdered 29 people in a shooting spree at a Thai shopping mall and army post two years ago, the country has been doing some soul-searching in the wake of Thursday's attack. While lower than in the United States, Thailand has one of Asia's highest gun murder rates.

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But active-shooter response exercises are not ingrained in the culture. And there is still a lack of mental health care in a society where everything, from classrooms to workplaces, is set up like a military base.

Eyewitness Statement

One of the teachers at the center spoke to local media about the awful events that transpired there, saying that the assailant had entered the building at lunchtime while two other employees were eating.

I suddenly heard the sound just sounded like fire crackers. So I looked back [and] the two staff just collapsed on the floor. Then he pulled another gun from his waist…I didn’t expect he would also kill the kids.

- The teacher said

Another teacher, who was eight months pregnant, was fatally stabbed by the assailant, and the witness reported the assailant had two guns and a knife.

According to Reuters' source, the attacker may have been on his way to pick up his kid. He "didn't say anything" and "shot at the door when the children were asleep. According to Reuters, the assailant mostly used a knife, which was confirmed by a teacher who was present throughout the incident.

Then he got out and started killing anyone he met along the way with a gun or the knife until he got home. We surrounded the house and then found that he committed suicide in his home.

- Damrongsak Kittipraphat

Thailand: At least 38 dead including children after mass shooting at day care centre

Gun Shooting In Thailand

Possession of an illicit weapon is punishable by up to 10 years in jail in Thailand, where gun restrictions are stringent. However, ownership is high compared to other Southeast Asian nations. Commonplace are illegal weapons, many of which are imported from conflict-ridden neighboring nations.

In 2020, a soldier enraged by a failed real estate transaction killed at least 29 people and injured 57 others in four locations across Thailand.

According to 2017 estimates from the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey, there were more than 10.3 million civilian weapons in Thailand, or around 15 firearms per 100 people (SAS). SAS estimates that around 6.2 million of these firearms are lawfully registered.

According to the 2019 Global Burden of Disease database from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Thailand has the second-highest rate of gun-related deaths in Southeast Asia, after the Philippines.

Final Words

Uthaisawan Na Klang district in Nong Bua Lamphu province was the site of the atrocity, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha issued a statement expressing his astonishment and sympathies to the victims' families. The province, which is around 540 kilometers (335 miles) northeast of Bangkok, is a relatively tranquil and safe place to live.

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