Chakkraphat Wichitvaidya, a neighborhood police official, instructed Reuters autopsies confirmed the youngsters had been slashed with a big knife, generally a number of instances, and adults shot.
He mentioned police have been investigating the motive, whereas suspecting that Panya might have been triggered by stress.
“I don’t know (why he did this), however he was beneath loads of strain,” Panya’s mom instructed Nation TV, citing money owed her son had run up and his drug taking.
There have been about 30 kids on the middle when the assault started, which was fewer than standard as heavy rain had stored many individuals away, mentioned district official Jidapa Boonsom.
The attacker compelled his approach right into a locked room the place the youngsters have been sleeping, Jidapa mentioned. Three boys and a woman who survived the assault have been being handled in hospital, police mentioned.
The bloodbath is among the many worst involving kids killed by one particular person. Anders Breivik killed 69 folks, principally youngsters, at a summer season camp in Norway in 2011, whereas the demise toll in different instances embody 20 kids at Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty in Newtown Connecticut in 2012, 16 at Dunblane in Scotland in 1996 and 19 at a faculty in Uvalde, Texas, this yr.
Gun legal guidelines are strict in Thailand, however gun possession is excessive in contrast with some Southeast Asian nations, and unlawful weapons are frequent, with many introduced in from strife-torn neighbours within the area.