One dead and two injured in shooting at Thai military facility

Bangkok: A gunman killed one person and injured two others in a shootout at a military installation in Bangkok on Wednesday, Thai police told AFP.

Deputy national police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said a suspect was arrested after the incident at the army’s training command department, part of a large complex of military buildings. in the north of the capital.

Local media reported the suspect was a soldier, although the motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

“The shooting left one dead and two injured, the local police took control of the situation,” Kissana Phathanacharoen told Agence France-Presse.

“We are already in a position to detain a suspect.”

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In 2020, a soldier shot dead 29 people in a 17-hour rampage and injured dozens more before being shot dead by commandos in an incident that shocked Thailand.

This mass shooting was linked to a debt dispute between Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma and a senior military officer, and senior military officials were at pains to portray the killer as a rogue soldier.

The military has a powerful influence on many aspects of life in Thailand, from politics to business, and has stepped in to take power many times over the decades, most recently in 2014.


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