Tearful Thai general says ‘don’t blame army’ for soldier’s rampage

BANGKOK (AFP) – An emotional Thai army chief yesterday urged a nation in mourning over a mass shooting “not to blame the army” after a soldier gunned down at least 29 people in a rampage linked to a debt dispute with a senior officer. General Apirat Kongsompong, an arch-royalist more commonly prone to rants against pro-democracy figures, broke down in tears as he apologised during a televised press conference on behalf of the army to the victims of the shooting. More details in Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin.