The 28-year-old was killed in a cross-border drug deal gone wrong
that also wounded a Thai trooper, police say, promising investigation
border authorities say the last shooting of a Cambodian near the border
occurred two years ago when a man was killed by Thai police while
attempting to cross through an illegal corridor often used by
THE body of a Cambodian man reportedly
killed by Thai soldiers while trying to make a drug deal across the
border from Banteay Meanchey province's O'Chrov district was
Police said that Hel Touch, 28, from Prek Chan village, O'Beichoarn
commune, was trying to deal narcotics with Thai soldiers when he was
shot Tuesday night. His two accomplices escaped, provincial police
commissioner Hun Hean told the Post.
Hun Hean said that Hel Touch tried to kill three Thai soldiers by
throwing a grenade at them after the deal went bad. The grenade
explosion wounded Hel Touch and slightly hurt one of the soldiers, who
then fatally shot the Cambodian, Hun Hean added.
"We are still not sure about the accuracy of the Thai authority's
report. We will investigate it more thoroughly," said Sam Chit, Banteay
Meanchey province's deputy police chief.He added that Thai police had
said the desceased and his accomplices were also involved in smuggling
stolen motorbikes and cars.
Hel Touch's body was handed over to Cambodian authorities at the Poipet
border crossing, where relatives were waiting to bring the him to their
village for a funeral ceremony, according to Tim Sareth, deputy chief
of the Thai-Cambodian Relations Office.
Chhouk Ang, commander of Border Police Battalion 911 stationed north of
Poipet, did not attribute the killing to military tensions along the
He said the situation has been normal despite the standoff between Cambodia and Thailand over disputed territory.