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Death of Indian tourist caught in crossfire highlights Thailand’s gun problem

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A SHOOTOUT between rival gangs in Bangkok’s Pratunam area which left one Indian tourist dead and several others injured has underscored Thailand’s long-standing gun problem.

Local reports on the incident said the victims, mostly bystanders, were hit by stray bullets as they were caught in the crossfire when the two gangs began exchanging gun fire outside a pool hall following a dispute.

Some of the bullet shells recovered from the scene came from an AK-47 assault rifle, police said.

According to the Bangkok Post, police are now on the hunt for the suspects amid concerns that the incident would deal another blow to the country’s lucrative tourism industry that has felt a plunge after 40 Chinese travellers died in a ferry tragedy in July.

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