Soldier fired in 'self-defence' in Lahu death

Local ethnic groups dismiss drug link

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has insisted the extrajudicial killing of a Lahu activist, who they say was linked to drug trafficking, was carried out in self-defence.

Deputy police spokesman Krisana Patanacharoen yesterday said Chaiyapoom Pasae, a 21-year-old ethnic Lahu, was shot dead by a soldier in Chiang Mai last Friday as he tried to attack him with a hand grenade.

The soldier reacted in self-defence, Pol Col Krisana said, insisting there was no foul play behind Chaiyapoom's death.

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