A former police officer has stormed a child daycare centre in Thailand, killing at least 36 people, most of them children, before killing himself and his family.
The attacker, armed with a shotgun, a pistol and a knife, opened fire on children and adults at the centre in Nong Bua Lamphu province at about 12:30 pm (0530 GMT) on Thursday before fleeing the scene in a pick-up truck.
The dead include at least 24 children, said police colonel Jakkapat Vijitraithaya, from the province where the attack happened.
The gunman forced his way into a locked room where children were sleeping at the time, according to a witness.
After the attack, the gunman went home and killed himself and his wife and child, Jakkapat said.
The gunman has been named as former police officer Panya Khamrab, 34, and Jakkapat said he was dismissed from the force last year for drug use.
Al Jazeera’s Fintan Monaghan reports.
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