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Review: Mekong river murder tragedy

07-12-2012 14:18 BJT

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Laos has handed over the suspected mastermind of the Mekong River massacre, to Chinese authorities. As we mentioned, Naw Kham, the head of an armed drug gang, who is suspected of leading the massacre of 13 Chinese sailors in October of last year, was arrested on April 25 at an undisclosed location. Further details of the killings were revealed shortly after his capture.

The Mekong River, known in China as the Lancang River, flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before emptying into the South China Sea.

Many cargo ships often berth at the docks in the river, which is regarded as the "Golden Watercourse" for trade. Two Chinese cargo ships, the "Hua Ping" and "Yu Xing 8", were attacked by armed gangs along the Mekong River on Oct. 5, 2011.

13 Chinese sailors were killed along a section of the river that lies in the "Golden Triangle", where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. A joint investigation into the incident was conducted by police from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

After a wide search, Laotian authorities nabbed Naw Kham, core members of the gang and a small number of Thai soldiers who had planned and carried out the massacre of the 13 Chinese sailors.

Naw Kham, the head of an armed drug gang, who is suspected of leading the massacre of 13
Chinese sailors in October of last year, was arrested on April 25 at an undisclosed
location.

Han Xuguang, member of special investigation group, said, "After we interrogated Naw Kham and investigated the case, we found a motive. They attacked the Chinese cargo ships because the Chinese refused to pay a protection fee. The gang hijacked the cargo ships and then killed the Chinese sailors."

The gang had more than 100 members and was armed with assault rifles, bazookas and machine guns. They are believed to have engaged in drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder, piracy and other crimes along the Mekong River for many years.

According to China’s Public Security Bureau, the gang is suspected to have been involved in 28 robberies and gun-related crimes directed at Chinese vessels and citizens since 2008, resulting in 16 deaths and 3 injuries.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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