Poor security worsened toll: PM

Poor security worsened toll: PM

Thousands of local people lit candles and pray for people killed in the shooting rampage in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima province on Sunday night. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)
Thousands of local people lit candles and pray for people killed in the shooting rampage in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima province on Sunday night. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Following Nakhon Ratchasima's shooting rampage, which left 30 people dead, including the gunman, and 57 others injured, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday ordered a review of security measures at the military's armouries.

"All I can say is if we had fully followed [the standard security procedure], we would have been able to mitigate the degree of violence [in this incident]," said Gen Prayut after a briefing on the weekend's shooting spree.

Commandos on Sunday killed Sgt Maj 1st Class Jakrapanth Thomma after he carried out a shooting rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima that left 30 of his victims dead, police said.

Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong, however, said a key mistake that could have led to the weapons being stolen was that Jakrapanth knew the people at the armoury very well and they would have not have expected untoward behaviour from him.

Meanwhile, Gen Prayut responded to questions asking what took authorities so long to end the stand-off by suggesting that the hostages and number of bystanders at the scene had forced the police to act cautiously to prevent further loss of innocent lives.

As for the motive behind the rampage, Gen Prayut said he had learned from investigators that it was a dispute over a house sale involving a relative of Jakrapanth's commanding officer, which arose three days before the shooting incident.

Hours before the attack began on Saturday, the gunman posted on Facebook, denouncing greedy people who took advantage of others and asking, "Do they think they can spend the money in hell?" 

The bloodshed began on Saturday afternoon when Jakrapanth shot three people -- among them at least one soldier -- at a senior officer's house and then at the nearby army barracks, before driving an army vehicle to the town centre.

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Vocabulary

  • armoury: a place where weapons and armour are kept - คลังอาวุธ
  • barracks: a group of buildings where members of the armed forces live and work - โรงหรืออาคารใหญ่เป็นที่พักทหาร
  • bloodshed: a situation in which people are killed or injured, especially during fighting - การนองเลือด
  • bystander: a person who is standing near and watching something that is happening but is not taking part in it - ผู้เห็นเหตุการณ์, ผู้สังเกตการณ์
  • denounce: to criticise someone or something severely in public - ประณาม, ติเตียน
  • dispute: a serious disagreement - ข้อโต้แย้ง
  • greedy: wanting more money, things, or power than you need - ซึ่งเห็นแก่ตัว
  • hostage: a person who is the prisoner of someone who threatens to kill them if they do not get what they want - ตัวประกัน
  • mitigate: to make something less harmful or serious - บรรเทา
  • motive: a reason for doing something - แรงจูงใจ
  • procedure: a way of doing something - ขั้นตอนการดำเนินการ
  • rampage (noun): a sudden period of wild and violent behaviour, often causing damage and destruction - การอาละวาด,ความวุ่นวาย,ความโมโห,การวิ่งพล่าน
  • spree (noun): a period of time when you do a lot of some activity -- good, such as eating or shopping or bad, such as killing -
  • stand-off: a disagreement or fight in which neither side can do anything to win - การทะเลาะวิวาท ความขัดแย้ง
  • untoward: unexpected and inconvenient or unpleasant - ซึ่งไม่เป็นผลดี

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