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Live Updates: Thai Police Chief Confirms Mall Shooter Is Dead, Police Operation Over

A mass shooting has taken place in the Terminal 21 shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, Thairath News reported, citing police.

Thai police said that at least ten people were killed and several injured in the shooting at the Korat shopping centre. A soldier with a machine gun first shot dead his commander and two others at a military camp before hijacking a Humvee and started shooting at civilians in the Mueang district of the city, Bangkok Post reported.

According to the newspaper, Lt. Gen. Thanya Kriatisarn, commander of the Second Army Region, stated that police and soldiers are in the middle of the search operation, hunting the attacker, identified as Cpl Jakrapanth Thomma of Surathampithak camp.

Law enforcement has advised people to avoid the area of the incident and cooperate with police officers operating on the streetsThairath News reported. The area of the shooting has been cordoned off.

Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, is the country’s third-largest city and the capital of the province of the same name.

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The gunman who killed at least 21 people in Thailand, was killed by the security forces on Sunday, Reuters reported citing police sources.

01:42 GMT 09.02.2020

At least 63 people were injured in the mass shooting at the shopping mall in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand’s Health Ministry said in a bulletin.

According to the information from the ministry, released by the Thai Public Broadcasting Service, all the 63 people injured by the gunman have been taken to city hospitals.

According to Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, 21 people were killed by the gunman, including one special forces policeman. Two other special forces servicemen were injured, the minister said.

01:29 GMT 09.02.2020

"The perpetrator is still in the basement and it doesn't look as though he has hostages. We are getting close to him," Reuters quoted an anonymous police officeras saying.

01:28 GMT 09.02.2020

The number of dead in a firefight at the shopping mall in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima has risen to 25 people, Thairath TV channel reported.

According to the channel, another four people died in the mall on Saturday. Their bodies have been discovered by special forces during the operation to subdue the shooter, which is ongoing.

23:54 GMT 08.02.2020

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has confirmed the killing of one special forces serviceman in a shootout with the gunman at the shopping mall in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

In a public statement made in the early hours of Sunday, broadcast by Thai PBS, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that a special forces policeman was killed in a shootout with the gunman at the mall. He became the 21st victim of the mass shooting, according to the minister.

21:18 GMT 08.02.2020

The gunman who carried out a mass shooting in a shopping mall in the northeastern Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima killed one special forces serviceman and injured another when leaving the mall, Thairath TV reports..

Thairath TV later said that according to preliminary information from the Thai military, one special forces serviceman was killed in the shootout that occurred at the mall’s parking garage. Another special forces serviceman was injured.

20:16 GMT 08.02.2020

A Thai soldier who started a shooting rampage in northeastern Thailand managed to leave the shopping mall after a shootout with special forces, Thairath TV broadcaster reported.

The man entered into a shootout with special forces in the multi-storey car parking of the shopping center, after which he shot at a gas cylinder, setting it on fire, and disappeared from the building, the broadcaster's correspondent reported from the scene.

19:59 GMT 08.02.2020

Automatic gunfire was heard from the shopping mall where according to the police the shooter who killed 20 people might be hiding, Reuters said citing a witness.


18:57 GMT 08.02.2020

Thai special forces examined all four floors of the main part of the Terminal 21 shopping centre building and found neither the shooter who killed 20 people on Saturday or the hostages he is believed to be holding, according to the English-language website of the Khaosot newspaper.

The huge building of the shopping centre consists of several parts, including a multi-level car park.

18:15 GMT 08.02.2020

"We don't know why he did this. It appears he went mad", defence ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit told reporters.

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The mother of the Thai soldier who on Saturday killed scores and is now holed up with 16 hostages in a shopping mall arrived at the scene to convince her son to surrender, Thairath news channel reported.

A soldier who claimed to know the shooter told Thai Rath news channel that police went to Thomma’s mother as soon as his identity was established.

Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army Apirat Kongsompong could be seen arriving outside the Terminal 21 shopping mall.

16:28 GMT 08.02.2020
16:19 GMT 08.02.2020

The Thai shooter killed at least 20 people in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima in the northeast of Thailand, defence ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit told reporters.

16:03 GMT 08.02.2020

Police and soldiers have stormed into the Korat shopping centre where a soldier has been on a shooting rampage and helped hundreds of people to escape, said defence ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit.

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"Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by this tragedy in Thailand. There is no place on Facebook for people who commit this kind of atrocity, nor do we allow people to praise or support this attack", a Facebook representative said in a statement.

"We have removed the gunman's accounts from our services and will work around the clock to remove any violating content related to this attack as soon as we become aware of it".

14:22 GMT 08.02.2020
13:56 GMT 08.02.2020

There are "17 deaths, 14 wounded" in a shooting Saturday in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, an official from Bangkok's Erawan Centre told reporters.

13:52 GMT 08.02.2020
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Thai special forces are reportedly preparing to storm the shopping centre in Korat where a soldier has taken hostages.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has stated that he is following the shooting incident, and has asked the police to capture the attacker as soon as possible.

According to the spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat, the head of government extended condolences to the families of the victims and ordered local authorities to swiftly arrest the attacker.

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The soldier has allegedly taken hostage about 16 people in the shopping mall.

13:03 GMT 08.02.2020

Jakrapanth Thomma kept posting photos and messages on Facebook and Instagram, saying "So tired", and "Are they dead? It's three people". Soon after that, his profiles were deleted.

13:02 GMT 08.02.2020

Alleged video of the area of the shooting has been published on Twitter.

13:01 GMT 08.02.2020

About two hours before the attack, the shooter posted a message saying that "nobody can escape death".

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