Five Thais injured at the Thailand-Cambodia border

October 16th, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Cambodian TroopsYesterday afternoon, gunshots broke out between Thai’s and Cambodian soldiers near Preah Vihear Temple at about 14.45 pm. Two Thai troops were injured yesterday. Both suffered from sharpnels of explosives and were rushed to a hospital in Si Sa Kaet province. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told reporters in Phnom Penh that two Cambodian soldiers were killed and two others wounded in the clash that lasted for about two hours.

Lt-General Wiboonsak Neeparn, told that five Thais were injured and one Cambodian soldier was killed.”One Cambodian soldier died and up to four were injured; on our side we have five soldiers wounded,” Wiboonsak told Channel 3 television.The Foreign Ministers of both the countries summoned their ambassadors and filed complaints about the clash.

Thailand accused Cambodia of firing the first shot while Cambodia accused the same claim. The clashes headed to Sa Trao, an ancient pond. A similar clash at the same site occurred on October 3 and left two Thai soldiers and one Cambodian wounded.

Yesterday, around 300 Thai gamblers in casinos flee back from Cambodia to Thailand from the border checkpoint of Surin Karb Cherng district following a gunfight between Thai and Cambodian troops in nieghbouring Si Sa Ket province.

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