Thai security forces kill shopping mall gunman & rescue hostages after 17-hour rampage
9 Feb, 2020 02:26 / Updated 47 minutes ago
Thai security forces take cover during a gun battle at the Terminal 21 shopping mall, Nakhon Ratchasima, February 9, 2020 © Reuters / Athit Perawongmetha
Security forces in Thailand have finally managed to neutralize a heavily armed and highly trained gunman who killed at least 21 people during his shooting rampage that lasted for nearly 17 hours.
“The police have killed the perpetrator and rescued eight hostages. Some were wounded,” a security source told Reuters on condition of anonymity pending an official press conference.
"Thank you police and army for ending the situation. Shooter shot dead!!!" Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a post on Facebook. A total of 20 people were killed and 42 wounded by the mass shooter before he was neutralized, health officials confirmed, revising down an earlier figure of 21 dead.
The suspect was identified as junior army officer Jakraphanth Thomma – a sniper and a shooting instructor in his unit, who had completed a special forces program. He started his carnage on Saturday afternoon by killing his commander and two fellow soldiers, and stealing weapons, ammunition and a Humvee from his military base.