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Botched Gun Store Heist Not Terrorism, Police Say

Chinatown Bangkok

The main market street in Bangkok's Chinatown. Photo: Yoav David.

BANGKOK — A group of Chinese nationals who attempted to rob a gun store in Chinatown on Friday had no known links to any terror groups, the commander of Bangkok police said today.

Instead the botched robbery, which left one of the assailants dead and two others injured, was an attempt to acquire firearms for resale on the Chinese black market, said deputy police spokesman Songpol Wattanachai.

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By Teeranai Charuvastra