TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Police in Laos are looking for foreign nationals suspected of killing a Taiwanese businessman outside a shopping mall in the capital Vientiane, reports said Sunday.
The victim, who was shot on October 7, was a Taiwanese citizen living in Laos and identified as Su Wang Tien (蘇文天), aged 60.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had asked the Taiwan representative office in neighboring Vietnam, which is responsible for affairs in Laos, to follow the case and provide assistance to the relatives of the deceased.
The two suspects had already fled to Thailand, according to a report in the Chinese-language Apple Daily.
Su had already spent decades in Laos and was about to open a new shopping mall, Sikhay Plaza, by the end of the year, which was the site of the shooting, reports said. Police reportedly suspect that a business dispute was behind the killing.
Su “was reportedly shot down while parking behind the plaza by two men riding a motorcycle. They fired about 12 bullets into his body as he was opening the rear door of his SUV to help his mother out,” the English-language Vientiane Times wrote.
Police found the abandoned motorcycle near a temple with evidence purportedly showing the killers might have been foreigners, the newspaper said without elaborating.