Mass shooting killed eight in Thailand

BANGKOK — Eight people shot dead by gunmen, including at least one child, in a house in Thailand after holding them hostage, police said, an uncommon incident in a nation where guns are common, such mass shootings are uncommon.

The eight were killed in the southern province of Krabi, which is a popular beach destination, after the gunmen raged the house and held the occupants hostage before shooting them, police said.

Three people were injured.

Police believed that the intention was some sort of personal dispute.

“They were found this morning. Eight people died, three were injured. They were all found at the house,” Manat In-prom, an officer at the Ao Luk police station in the province, told Reuters.

“We believe there were five or six criminals.”

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Thailand has a high rate of gun possession and many people carry firearms for their self-protection however such mass shootings are very uncommon.

As indicated by the Interior Ministry, there are 6.1 million enlisted guns in the nation of 67 million individuals. However, there are also numerous unregistered guns in circulation.

As per 2016 data from the University of Washington, Thailand had the highest reported rate of gun related deaths out of 10 nations in Asia, around 50 percent higher than the Philippines, which came second on the list.


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