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INS to Interview Myanmar Rebel Twins

November 20, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The United States is in the final stages of accepting for resettlement the young, gun-toting twins who led a ragtag band of rebels in Myanmar's border jungles until their surrender to Thai authorities earlier this year.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, the Thai capital, said the Immigration and Naturalization Service was dispatching a team to interview Johnny and Luther Htoo next week.

"I can't say how long it will take before they are given permission to leave for the United States," the spokesman said.

He said the interview was one of the final stages before being granted permission to resettle.

The boys, reportedly in their early teens, led the God's Army guerrilla group for years. The two fought against the Myanmar army with scores of followers who believed they had mystical powers.

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