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Weeping Families Gather Outside Thai Nursery the Day After Mass Shooting

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Thai Nursery

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Na Klang, #Thailand: Families in tears and inconsolable sadness gathered outside a Thai nursery on Friday where an ex-policeman killed over two dozen children in one of the worst mass murders in the country. Later, Prime Minister Prayut #Chan-O-Cha and Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn will pay a visit to survivors of the incident that claimed at least 37 lives, including the attacker’s wife and child.

The remains of the dead, who include 23 children, arrived in coffins overnight at a mortuary in Udon Thani, the nearest city to the tranquil rural neighborhood destroyed by Thursday’s three-hour assault. Around 12:30 p.m., fired police sergeant Panya Khamrab opened fire on the childcare centre in the northeastern Nong Bua Lam Phu province using a 9mm pistol and a knife (0530 GMT).

After the attack, 34-year-old Panya fled the scene in a pickup vehicle and drove home, where he killed his wife and kid before concluding the killing spree at 3:00 pm, according to authorities. Hundreds of people gathered outside the nursery, a small structure in a local government complex with a lawn in front of it, on Friday to mourn and pay their respects. Some began crying and wiped their eyes as they were hugged by loved ones.

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