A mass shooting and knife attack at a kindergarten in northeastern Thailand on Thursday afternoon left more than 30 people dead, including children, police said.
The gunman, believed to be a former police officer, took his own life, according to authorities.
The confirmed deaths include at least 23 children, two teachers and a police officer.
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The shooting occurred in Nongbua Lamphu province, about 300 miles northeast of the capital Bangkok.
According to Thai media reports, the gunman fled the building after the attack.
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A manhunt for the suspect was underway before authorities confirmed he committed suicide. According to reports, he also killed his wife and son before the attack.
“The shooter came in around lunch time and first shot four or five staff members in the childcare center,” a local official named Jidapa Boonsom told Reuters.
Jidapa said he then forced his way into a locked room where the children were napping and killed them with a knife.
He added that some of the usual children who attend the nursery were absent that day due to heavy rains.
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Mass shootings are rare in Thailand, but in 2020, 29 people were killed in a wave of gunfire by a disgruntled soldier.
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Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.