China voices concern after sailors killed on Mekong

October 10, 2011 05:53

BEIJING - At least 11 Chinese sailors were killed when their ships were attacked on the Mekong River between Thailand and Myanmar, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, voicing concern about what media reports said appeared to be an assault by drug smugglers.

The sailors were on two cargo ships attacked on Oct. 5 in the "Golden Triangle" of the Mekong, a region of Southeast Asia notorious for narcotic production, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on its website ( late on Sunday.As well as the 11 sailors killed, two were missing, said the ministry. But officials in Yunnan, the Chinese province next to Thailand and Myanmar, later said 12 were killed and one was missing, the China News Service said.

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