Sakchai Lalit / AP
BANGKOK – More than 30 people, mostly children, were killed on Thursday when a gunman opened fire at a childcare center in northeastern Thailand, authorities said.
Police Major General Achayon Kraithong said the shooting happened in the early afternoon in the town center of Nongbua Lamphu.
He said the attacker killed 30 people before taking his own life. He has no further details.
A spokesman for the regional public affairs office said 26 deaths have been confirmed so far – 23 children, two teachers and a police officer.
According to Thai media, the gunman also used a knife in the attack and then fled the building.
The photos show at least two bodies on the floor of the center covered by white sheets.
Some media outlets identified the attacker as a former police lieutenant colonel from the area but there was no immediate official confirmation.
The Daily News reported that after fleeing the scene of the attack, the attacker returned home and killed himself with his wife and child.