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Ex-soldier goes on taking pictures rampage in Thai Covid-19 hospital, mistaking sufferers for drug addicts

Ex-soldier goes on shooting rampage in Thai Covid-19 hospital, mistaking patients for drug addicts


Two folks have been killed, together with a hospitalized Covid-19 affected person, after a former soldier, wearing fight uniform and a purple beret, attacked a coronavirus subject hospital in Pathum Thani Province.

Chatting with Reuters on Thursday, shortly after the assault befell, regional Police Chief Amphol Buarabporn mentioned that an preliminary investigation advised the shooter mistook the Covid-19 sufferers for drug addicts, including that he hated drug customers. 

Buarabporn confirmed that the attacker, a former soldier, believed to be 23 years previous, had killed two folks. One, a affected person, was killed within the hospital, whereas a store employee was shot lifeless earlier over a dispute in Bangkok.

The sector hospital in Pathum Thani the place the ex-soldier fired gunshots had beforehand been a drug rehabilitation middle and had been refitted to deal with Covid-19 sufferers.

Footage from CCTV reveals the person, recognized by native media as Kawin Saengnilkul, wearing a purple beret, full fight gear and brandishing a weapon, getting into the hospital and leaving a sufferer behind him. 

The suspect was later arrested. Stories counsel the assailant was driving a white Isuzu truck which was incepted by police in Chumphon province. 

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In February final yr, one other younger soldier killed 29 folks in a taking pictures spree at a Thai shopping center. He had killed his commanding officer earlier than taking hostages on the mall.

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