South Korea says 19 citizens held captive in Myanmar rescued

South Korea says 19 citizens held captive in Myanmar rescued
# 14 November 2023 08:34 (UTC +04:00)

A group of 19 South Koreans have been rescued in Myanmar after being held captive at an unspecified illegal company in the Southeast Asian country, Seoul's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, APA reports citing KBS.

The ministry said it had sought the help of authorities in military-ruled Myanmar after receiving a report last month that some of its nationals had been locked up in Tachileik in Shan state, near the border with Thailand.

"Myanmar police raided the company in late October and secured custody of 19 of our citizens," the ministry said in a statement, adding they were safely transferred to Yangon on Monday. The ministry declined to elaborate on the nature of the operations at the company or identify the group but said it was working closely with Myanmar officials to help its citizens and prevent any crimes.

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