Bangkok - Six suspected drug dealers were shot dead
during a shoot-out with Thai security forces who seized illegal amphetamines at
the scene, police said on Saturday.
The clash occurred late on Friday in a mountainous border
area in the Mae Sai district of northernmost Chiang Rai province - part of the
Golden Triangle region.
"Six bodies were found at clash site along with
seven bags of methamphetamines," Colonel Nattawut Yuwan, commander of the
Mae Sai police, told AFP by telephone.
"We suspect they were hilltribe [Muser]
people," he said, adding the suspects had been travelling by foot and the
clash happened quite close to the border with Myanmar.
There were no reports of any casualties among security
Clashes between police and drug traffickers are fairly
common in Thailand's remote border regions.
Thailand has seen a marked increase in seizures of
methamphetamine - which is relatively cheap and easy to make - often smuggled
from neighbouring Myanmar where armed rebels use profits from narcotics to fund