A soldier has killed 20 people and injured dozens more in a gun rampage in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, killed his commanding officer before stealing weapons from a military camp.

The attack began at about 15:30 local time on Saturday (08:30 GMT) at the Suatham Phithak military camp, where the commanding officer, named by the Bangkok Post as Col Anantharot Krasae, was killed.

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The Post said a 63-year-old woman, Col Anantharot’s mother-in-law, and another soldier were also killed there.


The suspect continued his attack in a shopping centre, where he is now believed to be holed up, initially posting updates on his social media.

Security forces are in the complex and have rescued hundreds while searching for the gunman, with shots ringing out.

The gunman’s motives remain unclear.

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Authorities sealed off the Terminal 21 shopping centre in Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, on Saturday evening.

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Troops and police officers entered in order to search for the suspect and help those trapped inside, with ambulances brought up to the complex to ferry away the injured.

Thai police put a wanted poster on their Facebook page
Thai police put a wanted poster on their Facebook page

Throughout the evening there were sporadic reports of further gunshots, lasting into the early hours of the morning. The gunman appeared to try to escape via the back of the building but remains in the complex.

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Thai media report that one police officer was killed and at least three injured in the early morning exchanges, but this has not been officially confirmed.

Renewed shots rang out at about 05:00 local time on Sunday (22:00 GMT Saturday) as reinforcements were deployed.