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Thai Leader Orders Drug Crackdown After Preschool Mass Killing

  • Former cop killed 24 preschoolers in gun and knife attacks
  • Crackdown follows calls for tougher policies on narcotics
Victims’ relatives gather to pray for their loved ones in Nong Bua Lamphu on Oct. 9.
Victims’ relatives gather to pray for their loved ones in Nong Bua Lamphu on Oct. 9.Photographer: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images
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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha ordered a clampdown on drugs and tighter enforcement of gun control rules, after a mass killing that left 37 people dead sparked calls for tougher policies. 

Prayuth has made drug suppression an urgent national agenda item and ordered police to proactively crack down on illicit substances to restore public confidence, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said in a statement on Monday.