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Missing logger believed dead

Missing logger believed dead

A missing villager from O’Smach commune on the Thai border in Oddar Meanchey province is believed to have been killed after Thai soldiers fired on him and five other loggers on Monday, village residents said. O’Smach resident Chan Tha said that 21-year-old Chhoeun Ron was one of six local men who were logging in a border area of the Cardamom mountains on Monday morning when they were fired on by Thai soldiers. Five of the men fled back to their village, but Chhoeun Ron never returned. “Villagers went to look for the missing man at the shooting site and found blood, but did not see the victim,” Chan Tha said. “We’ve already tried to find him for four days. We even went to a hospital in Surin province in Thailand, but we still haven’t found him,” he said. San Sinary, deputy chief of O’Smach commune, said that the villagers had asked a Cambodia-Thailand relations official to intervene in the case, and that Thailand had not yet responded to inquiries about the missing man.

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