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The murdered man's body after a gang battle on Phuket early today

Phuket Gangs Clash: One Man Killed, Another Seriously Injured

Friday, November 16, 2012
PHUKET: Gangs fought a battle in central Phuket early today in which one man was killed and another seriously injured after police in Patong took the precaution of clearing under-age youths from beach road.

The killing came at 3am in a camp for Burmese workers in Moo 1, Baan Tha Rua, near a large Chinese temple landmark in Thepkasattri Road, central Phuket.

Two camps were close to each other and a rivalry had developed between young workers at both camps, said officers from Thalang Police Station today.

A group from one camp threw stones to provoke the other, police said. The provocation led to hand-to-hand fighting with knives, construction equipment and other weapons.

Killed was Aung Koo Oo Ku, 28, with Myo Khaing, 33, seriously injured. He and the body of the fellow worker are in Thalang Hospital.

Both men were registered workers. Burmese were helping police to pursue those suspected of the killing today.

In Patong, on Phuket's holiday west coast, police staged a crackdown early in the evening on young people who had been seen out late riding along beach road.

About 50 were pulled over, searched for weapons and drugs, then made to undergo urine tests.

Police then called their parents and told them to control their children. The move is seen as a proactive attempt to improve tourism safety before the high season.


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Good to see the police being proactive - its about time parents took responsibility for the actions of their children. A shame they just don't confiscate the motorbikes of under-aged, un-insured, un-licenced drivers but I guess the cop shop parking lot isn't big enough.

Posted by Mister Ree on November 16, 2012 11:39


Thank you Police for your preventive action. I do believe I have seen this group "preparing and gathering" on the bridge towards Amari hotel. It feels good that the Police prevents troubles.

Posted by PhuketExpat on November 16, 2012 11:58


"About 50 were pulled over, searched for weapons and drugs, then made to undergo urine tests."
Age, driving license, ....?
How about Chalong? No need, to 'pull them over', they can find them, before they starting with the m'cycles: Walk down the piers and hand over the cups for the drug testing!
Or Rawai, Nai Harn, Kata, Karon? Everywhere are 'youth' out, late, on m'bcycles. But even on checkpoints, they don't charge them for '3 on a bike' or 'no helmets'. Quick look under the seat, no check for age and driving license, the 3 on 1 bike with not even one helmet can drive away! If even stopped!

Posted by Anonymous on November 16, 2012 12:49


i want to see "expats" drug tested in bangla, that should be fun, but not sure if its clever for tourism

Posted by nel on November 16, 2012 16:26


Happend, happens? sometime during raids at Discotheks and GoGo Bars in Patong.
So not some Thousands of people on Soi Bangla. that would spark chaos!

Posted by Alfred on November 16, 2012 23:15



I would like to have everyone to be drug tested aroudn Bangla, especially drivers of motorised transport vehicles, as far as there is a valid reason for such test.

It definitely will be beneficial for preserving human's life and health as well as maintaining better standard of public order.
And yes, such measures will be beneficial for tourism too, as the area will become safer.

Posted by SUe on November 17, 2012 01:03


I would love the police to stop those kids on motorbikes constantly (it seems) racing back and forth along Nanai Road.

Posted by Ga on November 17, 2012 08:14


@Ga: I would like to see speedbumps like this one installed on Nanai Road...

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on November 17, 2012 13:22

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