Chinese cargo ships attacked on the Mekong River, 11 killed

October 10th, 2011 - 3:46 pm ICT by BNO News  

BEIJING (BNO NEWS) — Eleven people were killed on Wednesday when two Chinese cargo ships were attacked in the Golden Triangle of the Mekong River, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on early Monday.

The attack happened on Wednesday when the ‘Hua Ping’ cargo ship and the ‘Yu Xing 8′ cargo ship were attacked in the Mekong River’s Golden Triange, which is an area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, China and Burma (Myanmar) come together.

The Ministry said the Hua Ping was carrying six Chinese crew members of whom five were killed and one remains missing. The Yu Xing 8 was carrying seven Chinese crew members of whom six were killed while one is also missing.

The Chinese government provided no details about the attack, but a statement said it had asked the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok and the Chinese Consulate-General in Chiang Mai to launch an immediate investigation. It also asked countries in the region to take effective measures to improve the protection of Chinese ships on the Mekong River.

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