Thai general pledges to probe deadly shootings of Vietnamese fishermen

Thailand’s Police Major General Apichart Suribunya has promised to vigorously investigate the shootings of Vietnamese fishermen by a Thai police ship that left one dead and two injured over a week back.

The Thai official, who is also Commander of Thai Interpol, made the commitment at a meeting with Vietnam’s Charge d’Affaires to Thailand Pham Thanh Nam on Monday on the ship Thai Police 528 opening fire on six Vietnamese fishing boats on September 11.

The shootings of these ships, from the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, left a 38-year-old Vietnamese fisherman, Ngo Van Sinh, dead and injured two others.

The Thais maintained that the location of the shootings lies about 40km from their Narathiwat Province, which means it is well within Thailand’s waters.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance Department underlined that the site is in the waters between Vietnam and Malaysia.

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