Three suspected drug traders were killed in a clash with Thai army rangers at the Thai-Myanmar border in the northern province of Chiang Mai.
Col Pairote Yawincharn led the Pa Muang Task Force to patrol Doi Samsao at the Thai-Myanmar border in order to stem drug smuggling from the neighbouring country into Thailand.
While on patrol, they met about ten suspected drug smugglers who were armed. After the ten-minute clash, they retreated and the authorities found three people dead with M-16 assault rifles lying near the bodies.
Five kilogrammes heroin were found in a rucksack at the scene.