A Thai soldier has been shot dead after killing 21 people, including his commander, in an 18-hour attack briefly livestreamed on Facebook

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Journalists gather by the Terminal 21 shopping mall where a mass shooting took place in the northeastern Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima, on February 9, 2020.
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  • A Thai soldier has been shot dead by security forces after killing at least 29 people in a shooting spree that lasted from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning local time, Reuters reported.
  • Local media reported the suspect's name to be Cpl Jakrapanth Thomma.
  • The soldier began his attack at someone's house at 3 p.m. local time on Saturday, before stealing a Humvee, and opening fire at a Buddhist temple and a shopping mall.
  • The suspect briefly broadcast himself on Facebook Live at one point in the attack, a source close to Facebook told Insider.
  • The victims included Thomma's commander, who was killed before the suspect fled to a shopping center.
  • Thai security locked down the shopping mall at 10 p.m. Saturday and eventually killed the soldier at 9 a.m. the next day, Reuters reported.
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A Thai soldier has been shot dead by security forces after killing a total of 29 people in an 18-hour shooting spree across various locations in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, Reuters reported.

The soldier began his attack at a private home at 3 p.m. local time on Saturday, before stealing a Humvee, and moving onto and opening fire at a Buddhist temple and a shopping mall, Reuters and the Bangkok Post reported.

Thai security locked down the shopping mall at 10 p.m. Saturday and eventually killed the soldier at 9 a.m. the next day, Reuters reported.

The death toll was at 29 as of Sunday. Others were injured.

The Post and Coconut, a local news site, named the attacker as Cpl Jakrapanth Thomma on Saturday. Reuters and The New York Times have also reported Thomma's name.

Nakhon Ratchasima, where the attack too place, is a city northeast of Bangkok. It's also known as Korat.

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The suspect first arrived at a house to discuss a property dispute with his commanding officer at 3 p.m. Saturday, Reuters reported. The Post reported this attack to be at the Surathampithak military camp.

After an argument, he shot dead his commander and at least one other person, Reuters and the Post reported.

He then stole a gun, ammunition, and a Humvee at the site, the two outlets said.

He then drove the Humvee from the camp, and opened fire again at a Buddhist temple and at the Terminal 21 shopping mall in downtown Korat, the Post and Reuters reported.

Video posted by local media and on social media show people running near the shopping center as shots ring out.

While at the mall the attacker briefly livestreamed himself on Facebook Live, but the broadcast did not depict any violence, a source close to Facebook told Insider. The length and time of the broadcast is not known.

The soldier also wrote in a Facebook post at 6:30 p.m.: "Death is inevitable for everyone," according to Reuters. He also took a selfie at the mall at 7:20 p.m. local time, the Post reported.

The Post noted that the livestream and selfie were made unavailable moments afterward.

Facebook said in a Saturday statement that it had removed all of the gunman's "presence on our services." The source said this included his accounts on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook said it is working with Thai law enforcement.

Thai security forces stormed into the mall at 10:15 p.m. Saturday to evacuate people still inside and to find the gunman, Reuters reported.

People were still in the mall at the time, and at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, at least four children were seen escaping from the building, Reuters said.

Security forces eventually shot and killed the gunman at 9:05 a.m. Sunday.

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People put flowers and write memoirs in front of Terminal 21 shopping mall after a shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on February 10, 2020.
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A motive was not immediately clear. Thai officialls initially said the attacker "went mad," and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha suggested his attack was an attempt to resolve an earlier dispute about selling a house, The New York Times reported.

The Bangkok Post detailed some of the attacker's Facebook posts that provided commentary on the attack, including asking "Should I surrender?"

Earlier posts reported by the Post also appeared to describe the gunman's intention to attack, reading: "Being rich from taking advantage of others, do they think they can use money in hell?"

A Facebook spokesman said in a statement to Insider: "We are working around the clock to remove any violating content related to this attack. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by this tragedy in Thailand."

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