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September 25, 1985

Two NBC journalists who died covering an attempted coup in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sept. 9 were killed by accident and not deliberately shot by rebel soldiers as some have charged, a Thai official said. Col. Pravesna Koompai, deputy commander of the police forensics division who performed autopsies, said Australian Neil Davis, 52, NBC's Bangkok bureau chief, was killed by flying shrapnel and American William Latch, 35, was fatally wounded by a ricocheting bullet. Witnesses have said a rebel tank crew deliberately aimed at the two shortly after rebels shouted at journalists to stop filming.

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