Thais warned to avoid Myanmar border area after tourists abducted by Karen rebels

Village of the Karen hilltribe in northern Thailand

Village of the Karen hilltribe in northern Thailand. Photo: Dirk Weber.




THAIS have been warned not to travel to the Myanmar border area near Kanchanaburi after a group of 37 tourists were taken hostage yesterday by the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF).

The group, who crossed the border at Payathonzu in Karen State, were reportedly captured by the military group early yesterday in apparent retaliation for Thai authorities arresting underage sex workers under the control of the Karen group.

Full story: The Nation

By THE SUNDAY NATION



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