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NEWS - Myanmar Troops Raid Hilltrib
- Subject: NEWS - Myanmar Troops Raid Hilltrib
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 15:19:00
Subject: NEWS - Myanmar Troops Raid Hilltribe Village, Kill One
Myanmar Troops Raid Hilltribe Village, Kill One
BANGKOK, May 6 (Reuters) - About 30 Myanmar
soldiers raided a hilltribe village close to the Thai
border on Wednesday night and killed one villager,
a Thai security source said.
The source in Thailand's Mae Sai district opposite
Myanmar said 42 ethnic Akha villagers escaped into
Thailand after the raid on Sampli village close to the
Myanmar town of Tachilek.
They told police the raid might have been the result
of a dispute over narcotics since villages in the
area are known drug transit points.
They said Myanmar troops rounded up about 200
villagers during the raid and shot one when he
attempted to run away.
The village is in the heart of the "Golden Triangle,"
the world's leading source of opium and its
derivative heroin. The triangle is formed by the
juncture of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.