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Soldier is taken after shootout

Soldier is taken after shootout

A soldier accused of slashing his superior’s throat in Banteay Meanchey province last week was arrested in Preah Vihear’s Kulen district on Tuesday after a shootout with authorities, military police said yesterday.

Suspect Te Bunthoeun is accused of slashing his commanding officer’s throat with a scythe last Friday after his commander humiliated him by slapping him across the face and chastising him for reportedly beating his wife.

Men Phearum, deputy military police chief in Banteay Meanchey, said he was unsure of what charges would be filed.

Phearum said police looked for Bunthoeun for days before finding him in a temporary shelter in the forest in Preah Vihear.

Police surrounded the shelter and demanded Bunthoeun come out, but the suspect allegedly fired at police. Police fired back, striking Bunthoeun in one of the legs, Phearum said, after which he was taken into custody and reportedly confessed.

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