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(2of 2) Attack on Chinese ships was personal, says Chalerm

Via: Bangkok Post

Police have solid evidence which suggests that weapons were fired from the Thai side towards the cargo ships in which 13 crew members were found dead on the Mekong River earlier this month, said Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung.

A background check on the victims shows they had no convictions for drugs offences, said Mr Chalerm, who oversees the national police.

Still, he distanced the army from the attack, saying the operation was personal and had nothing to do with the military.

Police have pressed charges of murder and tampering with evidence against a group of nine army officers including a major and a lieutenant over the deaths of the 13 men. The nine officers reported to Chiang Rai police on Friday.

The victims were crew members of two Chinese-flagged cargo ships.

Their bodies, handcuffed and bound and presenting gunshot wounds, were retrieved from the Mekong days after the attack.

Before the bodies were found, it had been speculated the crew members had been killed by drug traffickers.



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