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Investigators: 2 of 13 bodies found on Mekong River not sailors

(Xinhua)

08:45, October 11, 2011

BANGKOK, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Thai investigators said two of the 13 bodies they recovered on the Mekong River in Chiang Rai Province did not belong to Chinese sailors, correcting the death toll of Chinese nationals to 11 killed and 2 missing.

After further investigation, at least two bodies do not match the identity descriptions of Chinese sailors, said Sermsak Seesan, chief of Chiang Saen District, where the incident occurred and head of the joint investigation team of police, military and local authorities.

The recovery of the 13th body Monday morning had led authorities to believe the sailors were all killed.

On Oct. 5, gang members hijacked two China-flagged ships on the Mekong River to move large amounts of drugs, reportedly killing 13 innocent Chinese sailors during the bloody operation.

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