11 July 2024

Two army personnel were killed and another seriously injured when a gunman, reported to be a non-commissioned officer, opened fire at his colleagues in an office at the Army War College in Bangkok’s Dusit district this morning (Wednesday)

The gunman, whose identity was not disclosed, was apprehended by military police in the compound of the college, while the injured person was rushed to Phramongkutklao hospital.

According to the Royal Thai Army (RTA), the shooting took place at about 9.30am, when the gunman opened fire, with an unspecified type of handgun, at staff working in an office.

Then the gunman escaped, but was later apprehended in front of the college by military and civilian police.

The RTA expressed condolences to families of the two dead officers and promised to arrange for proper funerals for the victims and to take good care of the injured.

Another report said that there were not many people in the office today, as many were on a trip to another province to make preparations for the admission of a new group of students this October.

Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman for the RTA police, said that the situation in the Army War College has now returned to normal and the authorities are in full control.

He said that the national police chief, Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk, has instructed the police unit sent into the college to exercise extreme caution, to ensure the safety of the officials in the college and members of the public outside the premises.