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Families bid final farewell to killed Chinese sailors by Mekong River

Bright crimson moonlight dappling Mekong River mirrored the sadness of the relatives who were saying goodbye to the Chinese sailors killed after their cargo ships were attacked by suspected drug traffickers.

China urges probe into massacre of sailors

China on Thursday demanded swift action from three Southeast Asian countries as they investigate an attack on the Mekong River that claimed the lives of 12 Chinese sailors near the Thai-Myanmar border.

Basic facts

Time:October 5, 2011

Location:Mekong River near Golden Triangle, Thailand

Death toll:13

Investigation:The Chinese sailors were killed on the Mekong River when drug traffickers attacked their boats on Wednesday, October 5. The attack took place in the Golden Triangle, a jungle area on the border between Thailand, Burma and Laos notorious for its opium production.

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Mekong
Mekong

The Mekong is a river in Mainland China and Indochina. It is the world's 10th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,909 km (3,050 mi). From the Tibetan Plateau this river runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is one of Asia's two main illicit opium-producing areas. It is an area of around 367,000 square miles that overlaps the mountains of four countries: Burma, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.