Attacks continue on Chinese vessels in Mekong
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 19:16
Beijing: A Chinese vessel was attacked by unidentified gunmen on the Mekong river in Laos, officials said on Sunday, even as China and three other nations stepped up joint patrolling.

The Shengtai-11 was returning from Thailand to Guanlei Port in Xishuangbanna prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province when it encountered gunfire. No one is injured.

The attack occurred on a section of the Mekong River that runs through Laos, sources with a joint patrol command said.

The river is a major regional transportation route shared by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

Laos police arrived on the scene by land to search for the suspects, while police forces from China and Laos used a Chinese patrol vessel to arrive at the scene and handle the situation, state run Xinhua reported.

Chinese police on Saturday started a second joint patrol with their counterparts from Laos, Myanmar and Thailand in order to maintain security along the Mekong River.

International transport on the Mekong River fully resumed after the four nations' law enforcement agencies conducted a joint patrol on December 10 and stepped up cooperation to ensure the safety of the river.

Passenger services on the river were suspended for four months after tourists were robbed in the river's "Golden Triangle" area in August.

Shipping services were also halted after 13 Chinese sailors on two cargo ships were killed in the area on October 5.


First Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 19:16

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