At least 12 people have been reportedly shot dead in and around the city of Korat, north-east of Bangkok, by a Thai soldier who turned rogue on February 8. According to the local police, the gunman used a machine gun and shot many people. Thailand's special forces are reportedly preparing to storm the shopping center.
Social media posts suggested a shooting near a shopping centre in Korat, which is also known as Nakhon Ratchasima. According to media reports, the soldier stole a vehicle from his barracks and shot at fellow military personnel. He then drove to a shopping mall and started shooting other people randomly.
During the rampage, a gas canister reportedly exploded outside the Terminal 21 mall in Korat. The situation is still active and the suspect is on the run. Several reports suggest that the 2-kilometre radius around Terminal 21 has been put on lockdown.
A gas canister exploded outside the T21 mall in Korat during the soldiers rampage pic.twitter.com/rIYYdj2rj6— Stickboy Bangkok (@StickboyBangkok) February 8, 2020
(With inputs from agencies)