Thailand border patrol kills 15 suspected drug traffickers

Thai troopers clashed with suspected drug traffickers in a forested space within the nation’s north close to the border with Myanmar, killing 15 individuals, authorities mentioned Thursday.

Troopers encountered the group of suspects carrying backpacks on Wednesday night and ordered them to cease, however opened fireplace as a substitute, in response to the Pha Muang Activity Power, the navy unit in command of safety in Thailand’s northern border provinces.

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A firefight ensued for about 10 minutes, the company mentioned. No troopers have been injured, however on Thursday morning, when the navy returned to examine the scene in Fang district, Chiang Mai province, they discovered 15 suspected traffickers lifeless and 29 backpacks stuffed with methamphetamines, authorities mentioned.

Thai soldiers stand with seized packages of illegal drugs and the body of a suspected smuggler at the scene of a day-old gunfight in Fang District in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, Dec. 28, 2018. 8, 2022.

Thai troopers stand with seized packages of unlawful medicine and the physique of a suspected smuggler on the scene of a day-old gunfight in Fang District in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, Dec. 28, 2018. 8, 2022.
(Power Pha Muang by way of AP)

It was nonetheless being investigated whether or not the suspects had introduced the methamphetamine from Myanmar. The route is frequent for drug smuggling into Thailand.

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The precise quantity of crystal meth seized was additionally not instantly accessible, and the duty pressure didn’t say whether or not any suspects are believed to have escaped.