SHOTS were fired at a Phnom Penh to Siem Reap passenger boat twice in two days
this month, according to foreign tourists on board.
Posliff, 26, said he was on the boat returning to Phnom Penh on Jan 5 when it
was approached by a smaller, wooden boat, while entering the Tonle Sap Lake.
The other boat, with a gun mounted on its front, fired four volleys of
two shots each. One of the bullets struck the passenger craft.
gunboat drew up to the passenger boat and an armed man in military uniform
Posliff said four policemen on the Siem Reap boat grabbed
their guns but ducked down for cover.
He and three other foreigners on
board the boat hid, afraid the gunman might be looking for overseas tourists.
The gunman spoke to the owner for several minutes before leaving.
tourist, Michael Airey, said a similar incident occurred the previous day when
he was traveling on the Siem Reap boat.
He said uniformed men from
another boat, which he described similarly to the one Posliff spoke of, fired
fours shots before boarding it and demanding $100 from the owner.
not know whether money passed hands but was under the impression that it had.
The Siem Reap passenger boats, which foreign embassies advice tourists
not to travel on, have been the subject of similar attacks in the past.