Who is Banya Kamrap? The man behind the ‘child care center massacre’ in Thailand

It is a world devastating moment as Thailand has just gone through its worst nightmare. In a deadly mass shooting, a former policeman, Banya Kamrap, 34, killed at least 36 people, including 24 children, at a daycare center in northeastern Thailand. Then the monster killed himself and his family after this brutal massacre. Read on to learn more about this beast.

Who was Banya Kamrap?

Panya Kamrap, 34, was a former officer in the Royal Thai Police who was dismissed from service in June on drug charges. He was found to be using “methamphetamine” or yaba, which is a “combination of methamphetamine and caffeine.” In Thailand it is known as “crazy medicine”.

The 34-year-old former policeman has been identified as a suspect in the mass shooting that took place at a day care center in Na Klang district, Nong Bua Lamphu province on Thursday (October 6). Police reported that a gunman broke into the day care center and opened fire and killed several people before fleeing.

After the massacre, the police missed a “wanted” poster, which shows Pani’s name, face and other details in Thai. Banya was due to appear in court on “drug” charges the day after the shooting.

After fleeing the scene in his car, Kamrab, who was armed with a pistol, shotgun and knife, continued to shoot more people on the road. It was reported that after arriving at his home he killed his wife and son before committing suicide. The madman died, but Thailand mourns the death of many innocent children, the loss of which cannot be compensated.

About the daycare center massacre…

An armed man on Thursday (October 6) stormed a day care center in Na Klang district of Nong Bua Lamphu province, opened fire and killed several people before fleeing. The mass shooter, former policeman Banya Kamrap, shot and stabbed adults and children during the attack. Police stated that he used a 9mm pistol and a knife.

As of October 6, 36 deaths have been reported, including 24 children. Police Inspector Chakrapat Wichitvidya revealed that the youngest victim was only two years old.

Not only that, but two teachers and a police officer were reported to have fallen victim to Banya. One of the deceased teachers was eight months pregnant. After fleeing the attack, Banya continued to kill more people on the way. When he reached his home, Banya killed his wife and son before committing suicide.

Banya was a former corporal in the Royal Thai Police, Thailand’s national police force. The 34-year-old former policeman was fired after being arrested for possession of methamphetamine, also known as “crazy drug” in Thailand. The motive for this “horrific” attack is still unknown, but it turns out that the shooter was under the influence of drugs while being shot.

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In a country like Thailand, where illegal firearm possession is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, mass shootings rarely occur. In 2020, a disgruntled soldier ended up killing 29 people in a 16-hour shooting. This is the first horrific incident that has been recorded in Thailand since then.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha described the incident as “shocking” and urged authorities to help the victims as a matter of priority. He wrote: “I have ordered the commander. Police on the ground to take immediate legal action and all parties involved to intervene to provide immediate recovery to all those affected.”

There were reports of a delayed police response due to the rural location of the childcare centre. The director of this centre, Nanticha Panchum, revealed that Banya’s son was also a part of this centre, but that he had not been there for a month. She said , “The man used to leave his child, he was always polite and talkative. ”

Banchum also revealed in an interview that there were usually more than 90 children at their center, but more than 20 were present on Thursday due to bad weather and the collapse of the bus. If the school had its usual number, things would have turned out even more horrid. But again, the deaths of these children is enough to shock the country, and yes, the authorities must be blamed.

More details about the attack…

Banya traveled from nursery school in Uthai Sawan to his home in the nearby village of Ban Tha Uthai, where he killed himself and his family.

Local official Jedaba Bonsum, who was working nearby during the attack, said in an interview:The shooter came in around lunchtime and shot four or five childcare officials first. One of them was a teacher who was eight months pregnant. At first, people thought it was fireworks. She added that the man had to enter a locked room where the children slept.

Details of the attack are still emerging, but after the killing spree, the attacker is seen fleeing in a white pickup truck with a registration number in Bangkok. Police launched a search and warned local residents to stay indoors. Eyewitnesses revealed how the attacker continued to storm pedestrians and shoot some of them.

Police officers, who were late for their arrival, revealed horrific scenes from the scene. They revealed how the bodies of adults and children, some as young as they were, lay inside and outside the center.

“After examining the crime scene, we found that the perpetrator tried to break into the place, and he was mainly using the knife to commit the crime of killing a number of young children,” Police Chief Damrongsak Kittiprapat said.

He added about Banya: “Then he went out and started killing anyone he met along the road with a gun or a knife until he got to the house. We surrounded the house and then we found that he committed suicide in his house.”

Several videos of the incident circulated on social media and are full of parents and relatives who lost their loved ones in this brutal massacre. What happened in Thailand shook our nerves to the core. Our hearts are with the families of these innocent victims.

The worst of it is that this lunatic died before the authorities could punish him for his brutal crimes, but then again, nothing can replace the innocent children who lost their lives in this massacre. Keep reading for more updates on the incident.