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Thailand in shock after tragic daycare attack

At least 37 people have been killed in an attack at a day-care centre in north-eastern Thailand.

More than 20 children are among the dead, with victims as young as two years old.

The day-care centre’s head teacher says the nursery usually takes 92 children, but heavy rain and the fact a shared bus had broken down meant only 24 children were present.

A teacher who confronted the attacker’s said her child was a regular pupil at the day-care centre.

The attack began when a man armed with a gun and a knife stormed into the childcare facility in Nong Bua Lamphu province.

The police say the attacker arrived at the day-care centre at around 1pm, when the children were inside having a nap.

The attacker who killed himself and his family as police searched for him has been identified as former police officer, Panya Khamrab.

He was dismissed from the police force earlier this year and was facing trial on drugs charges.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered an urgent probe into the attack and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

Writing by Omotola Oguneye; Editing by Tony Okerafor