Sailors Arrested for Rape, Attack of French Tourists

Five Cambodian fishermen were arrested on Sunday in Thailand for beating four French tourists and raping the two female members in the group on Saturday evening, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Sunday.

The fishermen anchored their boat near the resort island of Koh Kut in Trat province in eastern Thailand, then headed ashore and attacked the four tourists with knives and sticks, proceeding to rape the women, the AP reported, citing Thai police.

One man was seriously injured in the attack but the other was able to escape and seek help at a nearby hotel, the AP article said, adding that the tourists were eventually sent to a hospital in the city of Trat.

Chum Sounry, spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said on Sunday evening that he was unaware of the arrests.

According to an article in the Bangkok Post newspaper, Thai police said three of the suspects were arrested at about 5 a.m. while hiding in a forest on Koh Kut, while the other two were arrested at 3 p.m. at the Cham Yeam border checkpoint while attempting to cross into Koh Kong province.

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