8 Thais arrested by Myanmar troops

20:29, January 19, 2011      

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Eight Thais from western Tak province's Pob Pra district were captured by Myanmar soldiers after they crossed the border on Wednesday.

Myanmese authority said five of them were arrested in Huay Pomubo while harvesting corns they planted there and other three while fishing.

All of them are now being detained at Third Strategy-Implementation Division.

Thai local officials and group of villagers were seeking their release by negotiating with the Burmese soldiers, but it was difficult as the soldiers were from other areas and were assigned to deal with the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) troops in the area.

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