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Sunday, 31 January 2010

One Thai killed, several wounded in clash with Cambodian troops in Pursat

By Khmerization
Source: DAP News

One Thai soldier was killed and several were wounded after a brief clash with Cambodian troops on Friday night (29th) in Veal Veng district of Pursat province, reports Deum Ampil.

Lt-Gen. Keo Sokunthea, Deputy Police Commissioner of Pursat Police in charge of Border Protection Unit 502, said the clash happened at 10:30 pm when a group of heavily-armed 20 Thai rangers crossed into Cambodian territory at Veal O'Chamrong village, Thmor Da commune of Veal Veng district in Pursat province. Gen. Keo Sokunthea said he contacted a Thai commander based in the area to order those Thai troops to withdraw from the Cambodian territory immediately or Cambodian troops will use self-defence rights to protect Cambodian territorial integrity. He said the Thai commander responded by saying that those black-clad soldiers are not his soldiers. Gen. Keo Sokunthea said Cambodian soldiers know most of Thai border guards based in the area. "We have told the Thai side about this issue (encroachment). We never do things without consultation (with them). If they are not Thai soldiers, it means that they are bandits because they have crossed into Cambodian territory armed with weapons. So the fighting started and lasted for about 10 minutes", he said.

"When they saw us, they started shooting straight away, so we started shooting back by launching 4 B-4o rocket-propelled grenades at them. After they realised that they cannot withstand our attack, they decided to withdraw to the Thai side of the borders. In the morning, we checked the clashed spot and saw one dead Thai soldier and several were wounded. Our side did not sustain any casualty", he added.

Mr. Nga Sina, a police officer based at O'Som Checkpoint near the clash spot, told Radio Free Asia that one Thai was killed and more than 10 were wounded. "The clash happened at 11 o'clock at night, one Thai soldier was killed and more than 10 were wounded because we launched B-40 rockets at them", he said.

Gen. Chhum Socheat, spokesman for Cambodian Defence Ministry, confirmed the clash and also confirmed that Cambodian had not sustain any casualty.

This clash happened 5 days after another clash at Choam Te, 20 kilometres from Preah Vihear temple on 24th which have killed and wounded several Thai soldiers (The Thai Army only admitted 2 wounded and no death).


Anonymous said...

May Buddha bless all cambodian troops.

Anonymous said...

This kind of reaction should happen every time Thai troops crossed the borders. If Cambodian troops attack them every time they crossed the borders they will not do it again in the future.

After all, Thai troops have killed too many Khmers for crossing the borders in the past months.