The issue was due to the fact that the
setSelectionMode is set to
mThumbnailView->setCurrentIndex(index) was called and
CTRL was pressed the selection was not cleared and the next/prev image was added to the list of selected items.
This does break one thing. When focused on the bottom thumbnails panel, pressing the left/right arrow keys and
CTRL will no longer append the image to the selected items. It will only navigate to the next/prev image (i.e. the
CTRL modifier is ignored). Let me know if I should look for way to preserve the current behavior.