Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodian soldier shot near Preah Vihear temple

Cambodian soldier shot near Preah Vihear temple

Cambodian and Thai soldiers along the border near Preah Vihear temple had a brief exchange of gunfire yesterday, leaving one Cambodian soldier injured, an RCAF official said.

Pen Song, stationed in Preah Vihear province, said shots were fired between the two groups at about 11:50am in the area of An Ses in Choam Ksan district some 30km from the temple.

During the 20-minute exchange, which involved seven Cambodian soldiers, one man was shot in the leg, suffering minor injuries, he said.

“We lost five guns [AK-47s] after the shooting, but our soldiers have returned with one injured,” he said. “[The soldier] is at the provincial hospital.”

Military commanders along the border and from the Ministry of Defence were unwilling to comment or unreachable yesterday, but Men Sophea, a soldier in Preah Vihear, confirmed the shooting, saying Cambodian soldiers had been deployed to stop illegal loggers entering Thailand.

The countries have never fully demarcated their 805km border and troops have exchanged gunfire several times since 2008, when Preah Vihear was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

To contact the reporter on this story: Cheang Sokha at sokha.cheang@phnompenhpost.com

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc