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Cambodian, Thai troops open fire at border

Cambodian, Thai troops open fire at border

Cambodian and Thai troops engaged in a 20-minute firefight on Saturday, with one Thai soldier sustaining an injury, a military official said yesterday.

Major Un Manab, deputy military commander of border infantry battalion 303 based in Koh Kong’s Thmar Baing district, said the exchange of gunfire happened at about 11:30am, when a group of patrolling Thai soldiers strayed into Cambodian territory, then opened fire after refusing to withdraw.

“We had an exchange of gunfire for about 20 minutes,” Manab told the Post. “Our soldiers are fine, but one Thai soldier was injured in the leg.”

According to Manab, the situation has been tense since the incident and some border gates had been closed to commerce, adding commanders have travelled to Thailand’s Trat province to negotiate.

Kouy Saroeun, commander of border police infantry unit 825 in Pursat’s Veal Veng district, said he expected a result from the meeting of commanders today.

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