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26 People Killed In Shopping Mall Massacre, Gunman Shot Dead By Police

A soldier with a grudge gunned down 26 people and wounded 57 in Thailand's worst shooting spree before he was fatally shot inside a mall in the country's northeast, officials say.

Officials said the man had been angry over a financial dispute when he stormed a military base and killed two people before engaging in a bloodier dispute on Sunday.

Thai police have confirmed the soldier involved in a mass shooting rampage in Korat was shot dead in a police assault, ending an hours-long siege.

The army sergeant, identified by local news media as Sgt. Jakkrapanth Thomma, was reportedly holed up inside the basement of the Terminal 21 shopping mall when police found him.

“The police have killed the perpetrator and rescued eight hostages. Some were wounded,” said one of the security sources, Reuters reported.

Thomma allegedly stole military grade weapons from his army base before going on a rampage which left multiple victims dead and injured. The horrific episode appeared to be Thailand’s worst mass shooting in modern history. 

It reportedly took police sharpshooters 16 hours to end the crisis.

Less than an hour before the shooter was reportedly taken out, an unnamed police officer said nine civilians had been evacuated from the shopping mall and security forces were checking whether any remained there.

“The perpetrator is still in the basement and it doesn’t look as though he has hostages. We are getting close to him,” the officer said.

Thai rescue workers sit outside the Terminal 21 mall, where a mass shooting took place and the gunman is currently still hiding. Image: Getty
People follow a soldier after being rescued by Thai commandos from the mall. Image: Getty
Medical personnel prepare to enter the mall. Image: Getty

The killings began at around 3 p.m. Saturday local time when the soldier opened fire in a house before moving to an army camp and then to the mall in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand, posting messages on Facebook as he went.

With AAP