More than 30 killed in shooting at Thai childcare center


On Thursday, a former police officer opened fire at a center in Thailand while kids slept there, killing 38 people, mostly young children. 

Known as Panya Khamrab, a 34-year-old ex-police lieutenant colonel who was expelled from the force last year for possessing methamphetamine. 

He had already made an appearance in court on Thursday for a narcotics charge. Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, gave the police chief the go-ahead to visit the area and summon all relevant agencies to provide immediate aid to everyone who is in need.

Officials added that an autopsy's findings would reveal whether or not he had used drugs before the incident.

The attacker "came in about lunchtime and shot four or five officials at the daycare center first," according to Reuters.

According to district officials, there were fewer individuals present at the facility when the attacker arrived—about 30 kids—than typical because of the severe rain that had kept many people away.

Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle, which includes Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, has a long history of being an infamous hub for drug manufacture and trafficking.

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