‘Little children who had been nonetheless sleeping’


© Reuters. Rescue employees carry a coffin containing the physique of a sufferer at Udon Thani hospital in Udon Thani province, following a mass taking pictures within the city of Uthai Sawan, round 500 km northeast of Bangkok within the province of Nong Bua Lam Phu, Thailand October 7,


By Poppy McPherson and Vorasit Satienlerk

NA KLANG, Thailand (Reuters) – Pink and white coffins adorned with gold and bearing the our bodies of the 22 youngsters killed in a gun and knife rampage in Thailand had been loaded onto a truck late on Thursday and pushed away within the darkness.

Thailand’s deputy prime minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, clasped his palms collectively and bowed his head because the truck, adopted by ambulances carrying the our bodies of additional victims, pulled away within the small city of Na Klang in northeastern Thailand.

“All Thai folks, and all folks all over the world who learn about this … will really feel so depressed and saddened,” Anutin stated.

The youngsters had been killed on Thursday by a former policemen, who witnesses stated burst right into a daycare centre and began taking pictures and slashing these inside.

Altogether, 36 folks had been killed by Panya Khamrapm, who police stated was discharged from responsibility final yr for medicine use and had attended a courtroom listening to on a narcotics cost simply moments earlier than the assault.

After returning dwelling, police stated Panya killed his spouse and baby earlier than turning the gun on himself.

Rescue employees had earlier introduced the our bodies of the victims to a neighborhood police station and positioned them into the coffins as medical workers stood by solemnly and family members of the lifeless gathered, some wiping away tears.

“No person desires this to occur. It is a scene that no one desires to see. It is harrowing,” stated Piyalak Kingkaew, who led the rescue workforce that was the primary to reach.

His workforce shared photos with Reuters of the scene of the bloodbath on the daycare centre, which confirmed tiny our bodies laid out on blankets.

The physique of 1 boy wearing a Manchester United Shirt was seen on a Winnie the Pooh mattress cowl in a room with partitions embellished with cartoon animals.

“We’re used to seeing a lot of our bodies, we have been by way of it earlier than, however this incident is probably the most harrowing of all,” Piyalak added.

“They had been little children who had been nonetheless sleeping.”

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