30 Oct '11, 5am
Thai soldiers turn themselves in to police over the killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Nine Thai soldiers have turned themselves in to police over the killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river near the Thai-Myanmar border, Thai police said on Sunday. The victims were crew members on two cargo ships attacked on Oct 5 in the 'Golden Triangle', where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, a region notorious for drug smuggling. A police chief in northern Thailand's Chiang Saen district, which is on the Mekong near the Myanmar border, said two officers were among the nine who turned themselves in on Friday. 'They're all soldiers,' police superintendent Phopkorn Kooncharoensuk told Reuters by telephone. 'They came in and surrendered to police.' Superintendent Phopkorn declined to give any details, saying the case was being investigated.