A 30-year-old Cambodian man was shot dead by Thai soldiers across the border from Oddar Meanchey province’s O’Smach town on Friday, immediately after he crossed into Thailand, allegedly to illegally log.
The father of four was the latest victim of shootings on the Thai border, said Chey Veasna, acting police chief on O’Smach’s border with Thailand.
“We are sorry for the victim. We always appeal and educate residents to stop illegally crossing into Thailand to log premium timber,” he said. “It is very dangerous.”
The man’s body has been sent back to Cambodia by Thai authorities after Cambodian authorities requested repatriation.
“He thought that the wood had a high price but he did not think first about the price of his life,” Veasna said.
According to the Cambodia-Thai Border Relations Office, 45 Cambodians were shot dead in 2012 after crossing illegally into Thai territory to log rosewood.