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Laos police arrest suspected gunmen for contract shooting

THE STAR – Four men were apprehended on Friday night in connection with the shooting of a Chinese national who was commuting home by motorcycle in Vientiane Capital in September, 2021, reported Laotian Times.

A 45-year-old Chinese national was returning home from work at the ICBC Vientiane branch last September when he was shot from behind while stopping at a traffic light near the Prime Minister’s Office.

The man was found seriously injured with three bullet wounds in his back.

Vientiane Rescue Team members were called to the scene and transported the victim to the hospital.

According to police, the organiser of the shooting has been apprehended for allegedly paying three gunmen to shoot the Chinese man.

The suspect told the police that he had borrowed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the victim and had organised to have the victim killed to avoid repayment.

Head of the Investigation Department, Colonel Kaenchan Phommachak, said that although this incident occurred last year, it was a complicated case which police officials investigated with the help of witnesses and evidence.

The man survived the severe injuries from the shooting.

Vientiane Rescue Team members attending to the gunshot victim during the shooting incident in the capital. PHOTO: ANN
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