Chiangrai Times – Three people have been shot and killed on-board a long-tailed boat in an outbreak of violence on the Mekong River. The victims, believed to be Myanmar nationals, were shot by an unidentified armed group on Friday as their speedboat was traveling about 10km north of the Golden Triangle.
Authorities are investigating whether the three people are linked to a drug gang led by Naw Kham, a suspected Myanmar drug dealer.
It is still unclear who attacked the boat, the source said.
However, the deadly attack was the first in eight months after China, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar set up a joint law enforcement team to protect cargo boats along the Mekong.
Naw Kham was arrested in April for alleged links to the murders. He was extradited by Laos officers to China on May 10.
Chinese investigators have reportedly finished questioning Naw Kham, who authorities claim is addicted to crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice.
The unsafe atmosphere near the Golden Triangle has caused Chinese businessmen to be more alert to possible danger.
Fewer Chinese-flagged boats have sailed in the area since last year’s massacre, while Chinese investors in Ton Pheung district of Boekeo province in Laos are recruiting more security guards.
Investors in Kings Romans of Laos Asian and Tourism Development Zone in Ton Pheung have reportedly employed 200 Chinese men to be security guards for the project.
In other ChiangRai Area News – Phayao police have arrest a Hmong hilltribesman with 2kg crystal meth & 20,000 methamphetamine pills worth Bt10 million on Chiang Rai-BKK Bus.