(AP) - An investigation proved that a Dutch marine serving with the U.N. mission
in Cambodia was accidentally shot to death by a colleague, a U.N. spokesperson said
on July 27.
The marine, identified as Rico Bos, was killed in northwestern Cambodia in mid-July,
said U.N. spokesperson Susan Manuel.
U.N. officials had originally said the marine accidentally shot himself. But the
Dutch defense ministry said a fellow marine in a neighboring tent has admitted he
accidentally fired the round that killed Bos. Manuel confirmed that report.
The 18-year-old marine apparently was the first of more than 800 Dutch troops with
the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Cambodia to die during the U.N.'s 16-month mission.