/Thailand shooting: How the massacre in Korat unfolded – BBC News

Thailand shooting: How the massacre in Korat unfolded – BBC News

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Jakraphanth Thomma, a Thai soldier, went on a shooting rampage in the city of Korat

On Saturday 8 February, Thai soldier Jakraphanth Thomma killed his commanding officer, stole weapons from a military base, and went on to launch a devastating attack on civilians in the city of Korat.

So far 20 people have been confirmed dead and 31 injured, but officials warn that that number is likely to rise.

Here’s how it all unfolded (all times local, GMT +7 hours)

15:30: Suatham Phithak Military Camp

The attack begins. Jakraphanth, 32, kills his commanding officer, Col Anantharot Krasae, 48, and Col Anantharot’s 63-year-old mother-in-law, Anong Mitchan.

Jakraphanth steals weapons – an HK33 assault rifle, BBC Thai reports – and ammunition, before fleeing the camp in a Humvee-type vehicle.

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Thai police put a wanted poster on their Facebook page

About 18:00: Terminal 21 shopping centre

Footage appears to show Jakraphanth arriving at the Terminal 21 shopping centre in Korat.

He goes on to indiscriminately shoot at people inside the mall, killing and injuring dozens of people.

He posts updates on Facebook during the attack.

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Media captionGunshots can be heard and people can be seen running through the shopping centre

19:20: Terminal 21, fourth floor

Officials confirm that Jakraphanth is on the fourth floor of the shopping centre. Reports say he is holding hostages inside.

He posts a video of himself holding a rifle on Facebook, and says: “Tired, I can barely move my fingers.”

People trapped inside the shopping centre hide in bathroom cubicles and under tables, they later tell BBC Thai.

19:55: The first death toll

Colonel Krishna Phatthanacharoen, deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, confirms that more than 10 people have died.

A number of police officers surround the shopping centre, while others enter the building to try and help people inside to escape.

A radius of 2km around the shopping centre is cordoned off.

Police officers meet Jakraphanth’s mother, and bring her to the shopping centre so she can attempt to persuade him to surrender.

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Military officials and police officers surround the shopping centre

21:20: Death toll rises

The official death toll rises to 16.

22:05: More gunfire in Terminal 21

Another round of gunfire is heard from within the shopping centre, before calming down again.

22:50: Jakraphanth’s Facebook is shut down

The Thai Ministry of Digital Economy and Society says that it has contacted Facebook and asked them to close down Jakraphanth’s profile, on which he was posting status update about the attack as it was being carried out.

Facebook says in a statement: “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by this tragedy in Thailand. There is no place on Facebook for people who commit this kind of atrocity, nor do we allow people to praise or support this attack.”

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People fled the shopping centre after hours trapped inside

23:09: Military assistance

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence says that the military will assist the police in protecting the shopping centre, and helping people trapped inside to escape.

23:35: Terminal 21, ground floor

Officers confirm that they have managed to clear the ground floor of the shopping centre, as well as floors one, two and three. Images show people fleeing.

Army officials ask news outlets to stop live coverage of the attack, to avoid giving the suspect information about their operations.

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As ambulances arrived at the shopping centre, there were reports of further gunfire

23:50: Death toll rises again

Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnverakul confirms that the death toll has risen to 20. He says 16 people died at the scene, while another four died in hospital.

He adds that two police officers have been shot in the back and the leg, and are currently undergoing surgery.

9 February, 02:47: More gunshots

There are reports of sporadic rounds of gunfire within the building. Special Operations officers enter the building.

At the same time, about five ambulances arrive at the shopping centre to take injured people to hospital.