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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

King Cautions Tourists

PHNOM PENH () -- Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk warned tourists to avoid his country after the execution of three Western hostages by their rebel captors, saying Cambodia is in a state of war and "clearly insecure."

Sihanouk said the three Westerners were "innocent civilians whose only 'crime' was to sincerely love Cambodia and its people."

Briton Mark Slater, 28, Frenchman Jean-Michel Braquet, 27, and Australian David Wilson, 29, were taken hostage by the Khmer Rouge in a train ambush in southern Cambodia last July.

It was announced Wednesday that the three had been killed in September.