Thai shootings killed 20, injured 31, soldiers still hiding in shopping malls

 Thai shootings killed 20, injured 31, soldiers still hiding in shopping malls

According to the monitoring, at 6 p.m. local time on the 8th, gunmen broke into the shopping mall (Bangkok Post)

Wanted posters by Thai police (AP), February 9

At least 20 people have been killed and 31 injured in a massive shooting in Nakhon Rath, northeastern Thailand, local time, the Bangkok Post reported.

Thai security forces enter the mall under the cover of ambulances (Reuters)

Thai special forces have entered the store where the gunman was hiding and evacuated hundreds of people, but the location of the gunman is unclear.

Reuters said that at 2:40 a.m. local time on the 9th, there was another gunshot in the mall.

Thai security forces enter the mall (Reuters)

At 3:30 p.m. local time on the 8th, a 34 year old Thai soldier stole weapons from a military base in Nakhon Rath, shot and killed his chief and two others, then drove the stolen Humvee to escape to the vicinity of the terminal 21 shopping mall and opened fire on the crowd.

Later, the gunman entered the mall, trapped 16 hostages on the fourth floor of the mall and confronted the police.

Incident Mall (Reuters)

The gunman also broadcast the whole process live through Facebook, uploaded photos of himself and the gun at about 7:20 p.m., and wrote, Im tired.. But his Facebook account was later deleted.

Thai security forces enter shopping malls and evacuate people (skynews)

After many unsuccessful attempts to kill the gunman, Thai special forces entered the mall late Tuesday night local time, evacuating a large number of people in the mall, but no gunman has been found.

Thai security forces are evacuating people (AP)

Police also took the gunmans mother to the area, hoping she could persuade her son. In the police car, the gunmans mother cried out, why is he like this?

Thai police said the gunman was armed with a bomb that could detonate at any time. The gunmans motives are unclear. It is said that before the incident, the gunman had quarreled with the chief.

Prime Minister of Thailand skynews

On the day of the incident, Thai Prime Minister Bayu expressed condolences to the families of the victims and ordered them to arrest the gunmen to ensure the safety of peoples lives.

A Thai soldier shoots at civilians after killing three people in a military camp

At present, the suspect allegedly hijacked about 16 hostages on the 4th floor of the shopping center building, and Thai special forces are preparing to raid the shopping center. Law enforcement has advised people to avoid the area where the accident occurred and to work with police on the streets.