No drugs found in ex-cop killer’s body


THE team of doctors checking the body of a former policeman who killed 37 children and adults at a child care centre yesterday for narcotics have not found any such substances in his system, Naewna newspaper and said this afternoon (Oct. 7).

It was previously mentioned that Pol. Lt. Col. Panya Khamrab, a non-official policeman who had been dismissed from service, had a problem with his wife and had an affair with another woman, got involved with drugs, was addicted to alcohol, had problems with his colleagues and frequently quarrelled with them.

It was also said that the gunman lost a lot of weight with this being an indication of drug use plus was bad tempered and the other policemen did not want to intervene.

Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry said the autopsy of the 37 children and adults who died in the mass killing in Nong Bua Lamphu province yesterday had been completed with Na Klang Hospital now allowing relatives to take their bodies for a funeral.

Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said that seven of 10 injured victims are also in a stable condition with this hospital going to use blood donations to treat other patients.

The mental health of some of the victims now recovering and the relatives of those who died is worrying, he added.

Mental health teams are following up on this and if the condition of some of them deteriorates they will be admitted to the hospital for treatment but this assessment will be done on a case-by-case basis.


Top: Pol. Lt. Col. Panya Khamrab, right, and the child care centre he attacked, left. Photo:

Front Page: Police guard the centre as relatives of those killed gather. Photo: EPA and published by BBC

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