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Migrant workers killed in truck crash

Migrant workers killed in truck crash

Two Cambodian migrant workers were killed, four injured and 11 arrested after a traffic accident in Thailand on Monday in which Thai officials allegedly fired on their vehicle.

Kieng Sothy, deputy police chief of Sampov Loun district  in Battambang province, said yesterday that the truck flipped over about 7 kilometres from the Cambodian border in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province, killing Nob Vin, 27, and Khun Saroeun, 50, who were allegedly entering the country illegally to work.

He added that their bodies were sent on Tuesday to be examined by Cambodian officials in Sampov Loun, while the four injured people were being treated in a Thai hospital and the remaining 11 were being detained by Thai police.

Dy Phen, director of the Cambodia-Thailand Border Relations Office in Banteay Meanchey province, said yesterday that the accident had occurred during a chase in which Thai authorities had fired on the vehicle in an attempt to apprehend the group.

“Their truck flipped over because Thai authorities shot their tyre flat,” Dy Phen said. “Cambodians should not work illegally in Thailand because it’s dangerous for them.”

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