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Military official arrested over shootout which killed three

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Military officer Kert Veha at a police station in Mondulkiri. Supplied

Police in Mondulkiri province have arrested a military official who is a suspect in a shootout which killed three people during an operation to crack down on illegal logging.

Ouk Samnang, the provincial police chief, told Khmer Times that military official Kert Veha had come to confess last night and was now in police custody for more questioning, while two other suspects remain at large.

“Yes, we have arrested one now,” Mr Samnang said without elaborating further, saying the case was ongoing.

Mondolkiri provincial police claim the shooting which killed three people in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday evening occurred after a number of Vietnamese motorbikes carrying timber were discovered.

The incident happened on Tuesday at about 4-5pm approximately 25 kilometers from the O’Role Border Police Post in O’Raing district’s Sen Monorom commune, Pouyam village.

The victims were Tern Soknai, an environment officer, Sek Vanthana, a National Military Police officer, and Thol Kna, who worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society.


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