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PM visits shooting victims in hospital as the nation mourns

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PHOTO: PM Prayut Chan-o-cha visits victims at a Korat hospital - The Pattaya News
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The soldier who shot dead at least 25 people in a bloodbath in Korat was killed in a police assault at around 9am today, ending a rampage that lasted more than 17 hours.

The shooter has been identified as 32 year old Jakrapanth Thomma, an officer working for the army’s 22nd Ammunition Battalion. He stole weapons and a Humvee, (a four-wheel drive military vehicle) from his base in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday before going on a shooting spree that appears to be Thailand’s worst-ever mass shooting. He was killed in the area of a Foodland supermarket in the basement of Terminal 21 shopping mall, where he spent nearly fourteen hours holed up, according to police at the scene. The officers say Jakkrapanth was discovered hiding inside the supermarket and shot at police, forcing them to return fire.

In a news conference, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said he has ordered all relevant agencies to assist the victims and their families, who suffered from what he called an “unprecedented outburst” of violence. He flew in by helicopter to visit the injured in Korat area hospitals this afternoon. He says the investigation is ongoing and thanked the public for donating blood in response to the carnage.

He defended the lengthy siege, saying that security officers took all necessary precautions when advancing into the sprawling mall complex with hundreds of civilians trapped inside.

A Twitter post from Khaosod reports that there will be a candlelight vigil at 6pm at Thao Suranari (Ya Mo) statue in Korat in memory of the victims.

 

Source: Khaosod, | The Pattaya News

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Thai officials approve transfer of 3 Iranians involved in 2012 botched bomb plot in Bangkok

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Thai authorities are transferring 3 Iranian inmates to Tehran. The inmates were involved in the 2012 failed bomb plot, which Israeli and Thai officials say, was targeted at Israeli diplomats in Bangkok.

According to Iranian state TV, the transfer was a swap. The report says 33 year old British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was incarcerated for the past 2 years on espionage charges, was released from Iran prison in exchange for the 3 Iranians imprisoned overseas.

Although Iranian media reports the transfer was a prisoner swap, Thai officials have not confirmed the reports. Thailand’s deputy general Chatchom Akapin says the transfers are normal and Thailand approved the transfer in an agreement with Iran.

“These types of transfers aren’t unusual… We transfer prisoners to other countries and at the same time receive Thais back under this type of agreement all the time.”

Back in 2012, a cache of homemade explosives accidentally blew up at a Bangkok villa on Sukhumvit 71 rented by the Iranians. Saeid Moradi fled the home carrying explosives, but dropped them as police chased him. He lost both his legs in the explosion.

While both Thai and Israeli officials say the explosives were intended to attack Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, Iran officials deny the allegations. The men never faced terrorism charges or any charges relating to attempting to kill the Israeli diplomats.

Moradi along with his accomplice, Mohammad Kharzei, were convicted in 2013. Thai Court sentenced Moradi to life in prison for attempting to murder a police officer and sentenced Kharzei to 15 years in prison for possessing explosives. Another suspect, Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, was arrested in Malaysia in 2012 and then extradited to Thailand in 2017.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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Krabi man arrested for animal abuse after allegedly killing pet dogs

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A Krabi man was arrested on animal abuse charges after he allegedly shot and killed his pet dogs. The non-profit Watchdog Thailand filed a police complaint yesterday with a statement from a witness.

Police arrested 39 year old Surasak Kongduang at his home in Krabi’s Muang district. Surasak allegedly admitted to police that he shot both his pet dogs in the head and buried them in the backyard. Officers searched his home and found 3 guns and a bow. All weapons are legal and registered, police say.

Surasak allegedly told police that his wife fled and left the dogs behind after an argument a few days prior. He allegedly told officers that his mother is old and he felt bad about leaving her to care for the dogs, adding that one dog is lame while the other is sick.

Surasak was charged with animal abuse and for unlawful discharge of a firearm.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thief makes off with over 500,000 baht in Bangkok bank robbery

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A man who robbed a Bangkok branch of the Government Housing Bank at gunpoint has escaped with over 500,000 baht. Nation Thailand report that the robbery took place yesterday afternoon, at the bank’s Bangbon branch on Soi Ekachai 86 in the capital.

A security guard at the branch told police that the thief jumped over the counter, before grabbing the cash and running out. It’s understood nobody was hurt in the incident. CCTV footage shows a man wearing a long-sleeved grey shirt and a face mask entering the branch, before producing a gun and pointing it at employees. He produces a plastic bag, before jumping over the counter and grabbing cash from a drawer and making his escape.

It’s understood additional footage shows the man fleeing in a vehicle, headed towards Ekachai Road. The police investigation is ongoing.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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