BANGKOK, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Nine army men have turned themselves in and confessed to killing 13 Chinese sailors on Mekong River in Golden Triangle earlier this month, Thai police chief said Friday.
The suspects were servicemen of the Third Military Command of the Thai Army, which guards the northern border of Thailand, said Thai police chief Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong.
Priewpan said the army and the government were not behind the killing. He said the police suspect the servicemen acted on the order of some local tycoons and further investigation is underway.
The victims aboard two cargo ships were shot dead by a group of gunmen on Oct. 5 in a section of Mekong River that forms the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Their bodies were found and salvaged from the river in northern Thailand afterward.
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BANGKOK, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese police will work closely with the Thai side on the probe into the killing of 13 Chinese sailors on Mekong River earlier this month, a senior Chinese police official said here on Monday.
Zhang Xinfeng, Vice Minister of Public Security of China said during a meeting with Thai Police Chief Priewpan Damapong that the Chinese government attached great importance to the investigation on the case and hoped to work closely with the Thai side. Full story
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BEIJING, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The recent killing of Chinese sailors on the Mekong River has underlined the importance of international cooperation to safeguard shipping security in the region.
The tragedy, in which 12 Chinese crew members of two vessels have been confirmed dead and one remains missing, has not only affected the families of the victims, but also touched the heartstrings of every Chinese. Full story
I have several questions about this story. What is the opinion about this incident in Thailand? Who were these army men and why did they turn themselves in? What's likely to happen in the court case? Are there other players behind this incident who have not been arrested? Thank you for your answers.