The brutal murders of 13 Chinese crew members of two Chinese-flagged boats on the Mekong River on Oct 5 last year are discouraging many sailors who fear they could be the next victims.
Thai marine police guard thenew Chinese-builtKasa Longkham boat (in distance, left) as it enters Thai waters on the Mekong.
The murders, which remain shrouded in mystery, are only the tip of the iceberg of drug-related crime on the Mekong River. There have been many incidents involving armed groups of criminals attacking boats on the river.
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