Thai army to transfer control of land after mass shooting

BANGKOK: Thailand’s army agreed on Monday to transfer management control of 160,000 hectares of commercial land to the finance ministry in a drive to reform its business practices after a soldier went on a shooting spree over a property deal gone sour.

Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma killed 29 people and wounded 57 during a 19-hour rampage last week after he shot his commanding officer and relative in a business dispute. The 32-year-old soldier was then shot dead. The incident cast a spotlight on the questionable involvement of soldiers in the army’s commercial activities, in a country that has just emerged from direct military rule. – Reuters