Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - No bombmaking equipment: govt

No bombmaking equipment: govt

No bombmaking equipment: govt

ALLEGED “bombmaking materials” confiscated by the Thai Army on Saturday were in actuality ordinary supplies being ferried by a group of Cambodian children working as porters on the Thai-Cambodian border, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong said Monday.

On Saturday, 207 Cambodian migrant labourers were detained in Thailand’s Prachinburi province for several hours after Thai soldiers who stopped them near the border discovered a luggage cart carrying spikes and pressurised gas cans inside fertiliser bags. Koy Kuong said all 207 members of the group were Cham Muslims, and added that he did not believe the confiscated materials were meant to be used for explosives.

“We don’t believe it’s for the explosives – just only the ordinary materials,” Koy Kuong said.

Chan Wongwaimethee, commander of Thai Army Ranger Company 1206, told Thailand’s The Nation newspaper on Saturday that the group, bound for factory jobs in the Thai South, might have been attempting to transport the materials to Muslim insurgents in Thailand’s restive southern provinces.

Koy Kuong said that after assistance from Cambodian consular officials, all 207 members of the group had been cleared of wrongdoing and released to their employer in Thailand. The children toting the cart, he added, were residents of the border region who escaped as Thai troops rounded up the migrant workers.

“They were employed to pull the cart with the luggage crossing the border,” Koy Kuong said.

Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said Monday that he had not received any information on the case.


  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • New airport study set for 2019

    A feasibility study on the construction of a new airport in the Kingdom will be launched later this year, according to a Ministry of Tourism spokesman on Monday. The plan was approved last week in a meeting held by the Ministry of Economy and Finance