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Heavy gunfire at Thai-Cambodia border

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PHNOM PENH – Heavy gunfire broke out Friday on the disputed Thai-Cambodian border, a Cambodian commander told AFP, following a brief exchange of shots earlier in the day.

“We are in a gun fight with the Thai soldiers now. There is heavy gunfire along the border,” commander Bun Thean told AFP.

He said shots had been fired between troops in at least three spots near the ancient Preah Vihear temple on the border, which has never been fully demarcated.

Cambodian soldier Yeim Kheang, stationed at the border, confirmed to AFP by telephone that both sides were firing shots, saying the exchange began at 2:00 pm (0700 GMT).

There was no immediate response from Thailand.

Tensions had been raised since an exchange of shots early in the morning after Cambodian soldiers went to investigate the spot where a Thai soldier stepped on a landmine a day earlier and lost his leg.

Thai and Cambodian government officials both accused the other of violating its sovereignty and of triggering the gunfire, which left no reported injuries.

The landmine incident a day earlier had already put Cambodian troops on “high alert” they said, two days after their premier Hun Sen warned Thailand that it would face fighting if its troops crossed their disputed frontier.

Tensions flared in July last year after the 11th century temple on the border was granted United Nations world heritage status.

Soldiers clashed in the area in October, leaving four troops dead. – AFP/vm
Posted: 03 April 2009 1547 hrs


  1. April 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    thanks, your article is very informative.

  1. April 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm

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