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Killed in drug-related exchange

A man was found dead near backpacks containing 300,000 speed pills on Thursday morning after an exchange of gunfire in Mae Ai district of the northern province.

Col Wichet Chansing, commander of paramilitary rangers at the Third Army Region, said that a paramilitary ranger patrol squad had exchanged gunfire with a group of suspected drug traffickers in Ban Pa Kui village of tambon Tha Ton at about 8.10pm on Wednesday.

The shooting lasted about 10 minutes. A paramilitary ranger was slightly injured and already discharged from hospital.

Early on Thursday morning, officials found the body of a suspected drug smuggler who was shot dead. There were also three backpacks containing altogether about 300,000 speed pills, Col Wichet said.

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