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Two Japanese tourists detained in K

Subject: Two Japanese tourists detained in Kachin State

                Two Japanese tourists detained in Kachin State

Date: 28 January, 1997

Slorc military intelligence arrested two Japanese tourists in Kachin State,
Burma on January 14, 1997, and their fate and whereabouts are unknown,
according to ABSDF source on China-Burma border. Both of them, one man and
one woman are students studying Political Science at Tokyo University.

The arrest took place at La Gyar Yan check-point in Banmaw district, Moemauk
township in Kachin State, northern Burma. The two arrived on January 8 in
Wai Maw, close to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State. They rented a
pickup truck (Ba. 7671) driven by Ko Ngwe for 8000 Kyats for a trip to Liza,
situated on the China-Burma border and under the control of the Kachin
Independence Organization, a cease-fire group with the Slorc. They passed
through La Gyar Yan check-point where Slorc LIB 276 was stationed, after
giving a bribe to the troops. After spending five days in Liza, they went
back and were detained at La Gyar Yan check-point by Major Mya Win Maung.

The fate of these two Japanese tourists is unknown, but Ko Ngwe the driver
is still in detention, according to a source from inside Burma. 

All Burma Students' Democratic Front