A member of the Thai security forces was killed early on Sunday in a raid into a shopping mall to try to stop a soldier on a shooting rampage, bringing the total death toll to 26, the health minister said.
The killings began at around 3 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Saturday when the soldier opened fire in a house before moving to an army camp and then to the mall in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand, posting messages on Facebook as he went.
Early on Sunday, gunfire broke out at the mall as security forces tried to dislodge the soldier, identified by police as 32-year-old Jakrapanth Thomma.
Two casualties were brought out of the #Terminal21 shopping mall in the Thai city of #Korat after security forces stormed in to rescue those trapped and hunt down a soldier on a shooting rampage.https://t.co/5n7p3apFw6 pic.twitter.com/V34iHELrwg— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) February 8, 2020
Several hostages are being released from the #Terminal21 mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, #Thailand, where a gunman has killed at least 20 people in a mass shooting.https://t.co/5n7p3apFw6 pic.twitter.com/EMCdKs4azo— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) February 8, 2020