A 42-year-old Indian was among two foreign tourists who were killed in a shooting incident in Thailand. Five others, including two from India have been seriously injured in the shootout incident, which broke out between two rival gangs in the capital city Bangkok, said Thai Police on Monday.
According to a local media report, the incident occurred Sunday night on a street behind Centara Watergate Pavillion hotel in Ratchathewi district, where tourist coaches were parked.
The deceased were identified as Gakhrejr Dheeraj, an Indian and Keovongsa Thonekeo, 28, a Lao tourist, who succumbed to their injuries at a nearby hospital.
Others injured are undergoing treatment at the same hospital.
The Indians were part of a group of tourists who were waiting for a bus at the parking lot after having dinner at an Indian restaurant in the mall.
While they were there, two groups of young men emerged from a nearby snooker club into an alley just beside the parking lot, said police Major General Senit Samararn Samruajkit.
They picked a fight which quickly escalated into an armed battle, Samruajkit added.
Nearly 20 men armed with pistols, knives and sticks ran from the club into the street, eyewitnesses confirmed, he said. Three men had opened fire, he added.
None of the gang members were apprehended as they had fled the spot upon the arrival of the police at the spot.
The type of rifles used in the incident are yet to be identified.