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Thailand shooting: Buddhist monks lead prayer vigils for victims

Buddhist monks gather for a mass prayer one week after a lone soldier shot and killed 29 people in ThailandImage copyright
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Thousands of Buddhist monks in Thailand have gathered for prayer ceremonies to honour the 29 people killed in the country’s deadliest mass shooting.

Public prayer ceremonies were held on Saturday, a week after the massacre in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Jakraphanth Thomma, a 32-year-old soldier, carried out the killings during a 16-hour shooting rampage in several locations across the city.

The shootings began when the soldier killed his commanding officer and stole weapons from a military base.

Buddhist monks gather for a mass prayer one week after a lone soldier shot and killed 29 people in ThailandImage copyright
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People give alms to Buddhist monks during a mass prayer one week after a lone soldier shot and killed 29 people in ThailandImage copyright
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The gunman continued his attack on the streets and in a shopping centre before being shot dead by security forces.

Floral tributes have been laid outside the Terminal 21 shopping centre, which has been reopened to the public.

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Buddhist monks walk past photographs of the victims of a mass shooting one week after a lone soldier shot and killed 29 people in ThailandImage copyright
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Pictures show Buddhist monks leading tributes to the victims on Saturday, sitting in prayer with thousands of people. Photographs of the victims were shown on banners.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said a dispute over a property deal appeared to be the motive for the attack.

The PM described the shooting, in which 57 people were injured, as “unprecedented” for Thailand.

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Media captionBuddhist monks chant and pray at a vigil for the victims in Nakhon Ratchasima

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