At least three people died in a gun exchange between military and border police officers last night in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district.
Provincial governor Svay Sam Eang told Khmer Times the incident happened at about 7pm in a forest area near the Vietnamese border.
Shots were fired when a row broke out between military police, who were cooperating with environment officers, and border police officers.
“I do not know what caused them to start shooting each other,” he said. “We sent our officials there, but don’t know who fired the first shots.”
Provincial police chief Ouk Samnang said the cause of the gun exchange remained unclear.
He said his forces attended the scene, but were outside of mobile phone network coverage, so could not report back.
The three dead included one military officer, one environment ranger and one local guide, he added.
“We have no further details yet,” Mr Samnang said.
Military police spokesman Eng Hy confirmed one of his officers was killed in the incident, but could not say what sparked the clash.
“I received information on the incident but no details,” he said.
Minister of Environment Say Samal said he was aware of what had happened but could not comment further since the case was under investigation.