Army Soldier kills 20 people in mass shooting, shares pictures on social media (see photos)

A soldier is wanted in Thailand for killing 20 people and injuring dozens others in a gun rampage in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The soldier identified as Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, killed his commanding officer, named by the Bangkok Post as Col Anantharot Krasae, before stealing weapons from a military camp, a defence spokesman told BBC Thai. The Post also reported that a 63-year-old woman and another soldier were also killed there.

Army Soldier kills 20 people in mass shooting, shares pictures on social media (see photos)

The suspect seized arms and ammunition from the camp before taking a Humvee-type vehicle.

He then opened fire at a number of sites before arriving at the Terminal 21 shopping centre.

Local media footage appears to show the suspect getting out of his vehicle and firing shots as people flee.

CCTV footage shows him inside the shopping centre with a raised rifle.

Other footage showed a fire outside the building, with some reports saying it was caused by a gas canister that exploded when it was hit with a bullet. One of the suspect’s social media posts features an image of himself with the fire in the background.

Authorities have had to seal off the Terminal 21 shopping centre in Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, as they try to track down the suspect.

Troops and police have entered the building and there have been reports of more gunshots.

Defence ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said hundreds of people had been brought out of the complex safely, but there could be dozens still in the building.

A tweet from security forces said the ground floor had now been cleared.

The Bangkok Post reported earlier that the suspect, who it said was 32 years old, had taken hostages, but this has not been officially confirmed.

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