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11 arrested for attacking French tourist in Hua Hin

Prachuap Khiri Khan -- Police have arrested 11 suspects, most of them minors, for assaulting and seriously injuring a French tourist, in the seaside town of Hua Hin.

Simonivet Pou, 26, was attacked in one of the town's beer bar zones on New Year's Day after he tried to help another foreigner in a street brawl. The victim needed brain surgery.

"We arrested the suspects and they have confessed to their crime," Prachuap Khiri Khan police chief Maj General Tanet Suntornsuk said Friday.

He said nine of the suspects were between 15 and 17 years old, while one was 20, and another, a soldier.

The suspects told police that a drunken foreigner had offended them, so they attacked him. Pou then tried to intervene in the incident and ended up being assaulted himself.

"We have charged them with physical assault," Tanet said.

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