Thai police: 5 arrested in rape, assault of French tourists

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Police in eastern Thailand said Sunday that they have arrested several Cambodian sailors suspected of attacking four French tourists on a resort island, raping the two women in the group.

The five Cambodians assaulted the tourists with knives and sticks Saturday night on the island of Koh Kut after anchoring their fishing boat, said Maj. Gen. Nopparat Rintapon, head of police in Trat province. Three of the tourists were badly injured.

One of the tourists ran away and got help at a nearby hotel, while the two female tourists were raped, Nopparat said.

The victims were sent to a Trat hospital for treatment.

The incident is the latest attack on foreign tourists in Thailand. In December, a Thai court sentenced two Myanmar migrants to death for the murders of a British man and woman whose bodies were found on the Thai resort island of Koh Tao in September 2014. The woman had also been raped.