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Two die in Thai brawl

Cambodian foreign affairs and border relations officials said yesterday they had no information about the fatal shootings of two Cambodian construction workers in Thailand.

The Bangkok Post reported yesterday that Huoch Nhoem, 33, and a 28-year-old identified only as La, were killed on Monday night.

The shootings came following an argument with a group of Thai concrete workers in Thailand’s Chonburi province.

A witness told police that the two Cambodians had been playing loud music and drinking heavily after work, The Bangkok Post reported.

One of the men allegedly bumped into a passing Thai concrete worker, stoking an argument.

The Thai men left the area, but returned with more friends, according to the news report.

During the ensuing brawl, one of the Thai men pulled out a gun and opened fire on the Cambodian men, killing them both on the spot.

The pair were arrested.

When contacted about the incident, Koy Koung, spokesperson for Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Pich Vanna, chief of the Cambodian-Thai border relations office, both said they were unaware of the shootings. Both said they would look into it.

Cambodian Border Relations officers Heng You Leng, Yal Bun Pov and Sao Veasna also said they had not heard about the incident.

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