Thai attacker was in court on drugs charge just before mass shooting - police

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The perpetrator behind a gun and knife attack in Thailand that killed at least 34 people had attended a court hearing on a drugs charge prior to opening fire at a day-care centre, police said on Thursday.

The attacker was agitated when he arrived at the day-care facility to find his child was not there and left, then shot at bystanders and drove his vehicle at them, Paisan Luesomboon, a police spokesperson, told ThaiPBS television. He said the attacker returned drove home and killed his wife and child.

(Reporting by Reuters staff; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor)

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