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At least 31 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a daycare center in northeastern Thailand on Thursday, police said.

The shooting took place in Nong Bua Lamphu province and the dead include children and adults, the Royal Thai Police said in a statement on its Facebook page. Many are injured and are receiving medical treatment, it added.

Former police officer Panya Khamrab, who reportedly killed at least 30 people at a kindergarten on Thursday. AFP – Getty Images

A manhunt was underway to find the suspected gunman, whom police named as former police officer Panya Khamrab. He served at Na Wang Police Station in Nong Bua Bamphu Province, police said.

A spokesman for the Thai prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, said all security forces had been warned in an effort to catch the alleged perpetrator, Reuters said.

The Prime Minister has also ordered Lieutenant General Yanyong Wech-Osoth, Commander-in-Chief of the Police, to fly to Nong Bua Lamphu to speed up the investigation.

Mass shootings are rare in Thailand, but not unknown.

In 2020, a soldier angry about a real estate deal that had soured killed at least 29 people and injured 57 in a rampage that spanned four locations.


Reuters contributed.

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