Thailand: death toll rises to two in shooting at military site in Bangkok

Thailand death toll rises to two in shooting at military site in Bangkok

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A shooting by a soldier left two dead and one injured on Wednesday morning at a site of the powerful Royal Thai Army in Bangkok, according to a new report from the authorities. 

“Sergeant Major Yongyuth Mungkornkim (59) carried an unknown firearm and fired at other army officers,” Col. Sirichan Nga-thong, a deputy army spokesman, said. in a statement.

“Two soldiers are dead and another is injured and hospitalized (…) Yongyuth fled the scene but police and army inspectors managed to arrest him at the within the complex,” he said.

The shooter “is the subject of legal proceedings,” he continued.

A police spokesperson told AFP that the motives of the assailant have yet to be determined.

The incident occurred around 8:45 a.m. local time (01:45 GMT ) inside an army training site in a central district of Bangkok where the army has many establishments.

“The army would like to extend its condolences to the families of the soldiers dead and the injured. This incident is not something that is supposed to happen,” Sirichan Nga-thong said.

In February 2020, 29 people died in a shooting by a soldier at a shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima (north-east).

The assailant, a junior officer, allegedly acted out after an argument with a superior over a debt related to the sale of a property, according to the authorities.

The army is omnipresent in the kingdom, involved in both political and economic life. Its influence has only increased since the 2014 coup that brought to power a former general, Prayut Chan-O-Cha.