The Independent
October 10, 2011

China suspended shipping through Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle today after attacks by suspected drug traffickers on two Chinese cargo ships left 13 people dead on the Mekong River.

The bodies of 12 crew members were found near Chiang Rai in northern Thailand on Friday and Saturday after the ships were hijacked on Wednesday, the China Daily newspaper reported. Another body was found in the same area early today, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.

Most of the victims had been bound and blindfolded with adhesive tape and shot, the China Daily reported. The crew included two female cooks, it said.

The Golden Triangle region, where the borders of Burma, Laos and Thailand meet, is notorious for the production and trafficking of heroin and other illicit drugs.

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