At least twelve people have been killed by a Thai soldier on Saturday in a mass shooting rampage in a city north-east of Bangkok, police said.

Local media report that the gunman used a machine gun and shot innocent victims resulting in many injured and dead.

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A defence ministry spokesman told BBC Thai that Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, had attacked his commanding officer before stealing a gun and ammunition from a military camp.

He then opened fire at a Buddhist temple and at a shopping centre in the city, north-east of Bangkok.

Several reports link the incident to a quarrel about a land deal the soldier had with others which resulted him targeting and shot two people who were involved, another soldier and a woman.

The city is also known as Korat and is located more than three hours drive from Bangkok.

Royal Thai Police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen said more than 10 people had been killed.

The mall was shut down and the street outside was closed while the authorities tried to arrest the gunman.

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