Thai police: More than 30 dead in attack on day care center in Thailand

The shooting took place in the center of Nongbua Lamphu town in the early afternoon.

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BANGKOK– More than 30 people, mostly children, were killed on Thursday when a gunman opened fire at a daycare center in northeast Thailand, authorities said.

Police Maj Achayon Kraithong said the shooting happened in the early afternoon in central Nongbua Lamphu town.

He said the attacker killed 30 people before taking his own life. He has no further details.

A spokesman for a regional public affairs bureau said 26 deaths had been confirmed so far – 23 children, two teachers and a police officer.

According to Thai media reports, the shooter also used knives in the attack and then fled the building.

Photos showed at least two bodies on the floor of the center, covered with white sheets.

Several media outlets identified the attacker as a former police lieutenant colonel from the region, but there was no immediate official confirmation.

The Daily News newspaper reported that the attacker, after fleeing the scene, returned to his home and killed himself along with his wife and child.

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