General Apirat Kongsompong, Chief of Staff of the Thai Army – ARMY OF THAILAND
MADRID, 11 Feb. –
The chief of staff of the Thai Army, General Apirat Kongsompong, has apologized in tears for the shooting in which a military killed 30 civilians on Saturday in the northeast of the country, according to the newspaper 'The Bangkok Post '.
In an appearance before the press at the Army Headquarters, the general has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the shooting and has said that the military ceased to be so at the time he pulled the trigger to kill.
“As head of the Army, I apologize and regret with all my heart that the man behind this incident was a soldier,” said General Apirat, referring to the author of the shooting, identified as first-class sergeant major Jakrapanth Thomma and that He was shot dead by security forces. “I transfer my condolences to the families of the murdered victims,” he said.
The head of the Thai Army recalled how the shooting took place and noted that the author was a soldier armed with ammunition from the battalion of the Second Army Support Command in northeastern Thailand.
The general has explained that the military used his personal weapon to kill the victims and that he had a conflict over his home. The author of the shooting went with his vehicle to the arsenal of the Suranaree base, threatened a guard and stole ammunition and more weapons, including an assault rifle he used to kill that guard.
“The moment he pulled the trigger he became a criminal and ceased to be a soldier,” General Apirat stressed. The Chief of Staff of the Army of Thailand has assured that he assumes all the blame for what happened and has asked the population to blame the entire Army or the Armed Forces because they are doing everything they can to ensure national security and Help disaster victims.
When he mentioned the victims of the shooting, the general has ended up crying and has again asked the Thais not to blame the entire Army for this shooting. In addition, he has admitted that the author of the shooting was mistreated by his superior and has indicated that a permanent channel has been opened so that the military of lower rank can complain about their commands directly to the headquarters of the Army General Staff.