BREAKING: at least 32 dead in massacre at daycare centre in northeast Thailand

This story has been updated.

A man killed at least 32 people, mostly young children, in a gun and knife attack at a daycare centre in Nong Bua Lamphu province in northeast Thailand this afternoon. Many more are injured.

The perpetrator escaped and police are attempting to track him down.

Police identified the attacker as 34 year old Panya Khamrap, who is a former policeman.

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Panya escaped in a white 4-door Vigo pickup truck, Bangkok registration, heavily scratched on the front.

The pickup’s registration is 6 กธ 6499 กทม.

The front bumper fell off as he drove away from the daycare centre in the province’s Na Klang district.

If you see him please call 191 immediately or contact the Twitter account @CIBThailand or Instagram account @cib_Thailand.

Reports say that Panya was fired from his position in the police force last year for failing a drug test. He is supposed to face trial on drug charges tomorrow.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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