Thai security forces kill shopping mall gunman & rescue hostages after 17-hour rampage

Security forces in Thailand have finally managed to neutralize a heavily armed and highly trained gunman who killed at least 26 people during a shooting rampage that lasted for nearly 17 hours.

“The police have killed the perpetrator and rescued eight hostages. Some were wounded,” a security source told Reuters on condition of anonymity pending an official press conference.

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“Thank you police and army for ending the situation. Shooter shot dead!!!” Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a post on Facebook. A total of 26 people were killed and 57 injured by the mass shooter before he was neutralized, health officials confirmed. 

The suspect was identified as junior army officer Jakraphanth Thomma – a sniper and a shooting instructor in his unit, who had completed a special forces program. He started his carnage on Saturday afternoon by killing his commander and two fellow soldiers, before stealing weapons, ammunition and a Humvee from his military base.

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