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Many Children Feared Dead In Thailand Pre-School Attack

An ex-policeman has killed at least 38 people, most of them children, in a gun and knife attack at a pre-school daycare centre in north-east Thailand.

Report says , he then killed himself and his family after a manhunt following the attack in Nong Bua Lamphu province.

According this the report ,Children and adults are among the casualties at the nursery .

police say the attacker shot and stabbed his victims before fleeing the scene.

The former officer, aged 34, was sacked in June for drug use, police said.

A teacher who survived the attack told Thailand’s Thairath TV the gunman used to drop off his child at the nursery and had seemed polite.

A motive for the attack remains unclear.

At least 22 children were among the dead in the mass killing in the town of Utthai Sawan.

Some victims aged as young as two were attacked as they slept, a dozen people who were injured have been taken to Nong Bua Lamphu district hospital.

The shooter came in around lunchtime and shot four or five officials at the childcare centre first,” a local official Jidapa Boonsom, who was working nearby, told Reuters news agency. One of them was a teacher who was eight months pregnant,

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha described the shooting as “a shocking event”.

Police named the attacker as Panya Kamrab, a local man who had been a police lieutenant colonel before he was dismissed last year for drug use.

He is understood to have appeared in court on Thursday on charges related to the use and possible sale of methamphetamine.

The details of what followed are still emerging, but after the killing spree the attacker fled the scene in a white-four door Toyota pick-up truck with Bangkok registration plates, according to police, who launched a search for him and warned locals to keep indoors for their own safety.

Eyewitnesses were quoted saying the attacker had driven into bystanders and opened fire at some of them, injuring several people as he made his escape.

BBC

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