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Gov’t looking into downed aerial drone

A committee of officials from several different state and private agencies was formed yesterday to investigate an unmanned aerial vehicle found in seven pieces in the area of Preah Vihear temple that morning.

Multiple police departments, the Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Terrorism Department, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre and others are looking into where the drone came from and what its mission was, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said.

“We’re trying to determine if it’s a military drone or a commercial drone,” he said. “We do not know where it comes from yet.”

Pieces of the drone were found after people saw a plume of smoke at the temple, Siphan said. Investigators yesterday had not yet determined how the crash occurred.

“This is the third case like this since the temple dispute with Thailand,” border relations officer Preab Thoeut said, noting that the pieces were kept as evidence.



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