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BKK POST: January 24, 1998: MAE HON
- Subject: BKK POST: January 24, 1998: MAE HON
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- Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 22:58:00
January 24, 1998
MAE HONG SON
Mae Hong Son
Security has been beefed up on the border with Burma
following a threat from renegade Karens to loot a Thai village
and start artillery shelling.
The Third Army's Salween Special Task Force transferred
hundreds of people living in Ban Mae Sam Lab, Sob Moei
district, to a safer place on Thursday after more than four artillery
shells allegedly fired by Burmese troops exploded two
kilometres from the hamlet.
However, the villagers were allowed to go home yesterday after
security forces found no serious incidents there.
On Thursday, a number of armed Democratic Karen Buddhist
Army troops were seen scattering in border areas opposite Mae
Hong Song and some local people received letters from the
DKBA guerrillas who threatened to rob the Ban Mae Sam Lab
village and torch a market.
Deputy Mae Hong Son Governor Niphon Khampha said all
villagers from Ban Mae Sam Lab were safe and they went home
after staying overnight on Thursday near the Mae Sam Lab
According to him, the Salween Special Task Force is ready to
deal with chaos along the border and more military forces,
rangers and Border Patrol Police have been dispatched to Ban
Mae Sam Lab to ensure safety for the villagers.
Provincial authorities had ordered all border districts to help
transfer local people from risky to safer areas and assist them in
case of serious situations, Mr Niphon added.
A border official said the DKBA troops might try to instigate
chaos in border areas of Sop Moei district in response to the
Salween Special Task Force's operations to suppress illegal
logging in the Salween National Park in which they were
On Wednesday, the task force confiscated more than 300 illegal
logs in the Salween River at the national park.
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