Ex-soldier arrested for posting threatening message on Facebook


CHAIYAPHUM — A former soldier who posted a threatening message on his Facebook page, accompanied by pictures of guns, was arrested by the police. He said in his post to commit a mass shooting in Chaiyaphum’s Robinson department store.

The threatening message on Facebook created panic among residents in the province as it was similar to the mass shooting incident in Korat that killed more than 25 people on Saturday, February 8.

The ex-soldier apologized, saying he did it under the influence of alcohol.

“I didn’t intend to carry out such an action,” he claimed.

He will be charged under the computer act law, raising panic among the public, and wearing an Army uniform without permission.

Dr Banchob Junhasawadikul, the dean of Dhurakij Pundit University’s College of Integrative Medicine, recently voiced concern that someone might attempt to imitate the action of the Korat mass shooter, a horrific incident which occurred just after the Lopburi gold heist and killing.

“The cases are not just the insanity of an individual but the craving for public attention,” Banchob said. “As the news of violent action grows bigger, it might become the next footprint for future incidents,” he added, encouraging people to help take care of other people’s mental health.

Source: The Nation

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