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Two Burmese Men Killed in Mae Sai

February 26, 2011

Two Burmese men suspected of smuggling stolen motorcycles from Thailand into Burma were found dead on Thursday following an alleged gunfight with police in the Thai border town of Mae Sai, according to Thai media reports.

The reports said that a gun was found near the bodies of the two men, who were identified as Than Kyaing, 35, and Aung Than Oo, 20.

Although the reports don’t state that they were killed in a shootout, they quote police as saying that the two men had attempted to break through a checkpoint and started shooting at the police, who then returned fire.

A local resident of Mae Sai said that the men had been missing since Feb. 13 and that their families had been to the Mae Sai police station to ask for help in locating them.

He also disputed the account given by the police, saying that the suspected smugglers were not gang members, although they might have been hired to bring the stolen motorcycles across the border to Tachilek, in Burma’s Shan State.

“It’s not possible that they would have had guns,” he said.

The body of one of the men has been returned to his family in Tachilek, while the other is still being held at a Mae Sai hospital, sources said.

 

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