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One shot, two detained at border

Thai authorities shot one Cambodian and detained two others on Friday night when they crossed into Thailand’s Trat province to illegally log rosewood, said Eam Seng Ouen, commander of military police in Battambang province’s Samloat district.

Seng Ouen said that residents had reported that 10 others had managed to escape and were on their way home, but said that information about the condition of the injured man and the other two detainees was not forthcoming because Thai officials had not yet provided any details about the case.

 “It happened, but we could not get clear information because Thai authorities have not yet informed us,” he said, adding that he had sent two of his subordinates to get the full story from Thai police.

According to the Cambodian-Thai Border Relations Office, 45 Cambodians were shot dead last year after crossing into Thai territory to illegally log luxury timber, up from 2011, and another 264 Cambodians were arrested during the same period.

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