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Illegal Vietnamese fisherman shot during crackdown

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Prev Veng provincial police on Friday fired shots at a group of illegal Vietnamese fishermen who tried to ram their patrol boat, wounding one man in Peam Chor district’s Svay Phluos commune.

Colonel Kim Salouth, provincial anti-economic crime police chief, yesterday said that six suspects were arrested and the injured Vietnamese was sent to the provincial referral hospital after being wounded on his leg.

He identified the wounded man as Nguyen Van Oc, 34, but did not name the other five.

Col Salouth said that on Friday night a police patrol saw the Vietnamese in three boats fishing in prohibited water along the Mekong river.

“When our police went to stop them, they attempted to escape by trying to ram our boat and attack us with knives and axes,” he said. “We were forced to fire shots into the air and water, accidently hitting the suspect.”

Col Salouth noted that one of those arrested was a minor and his family was called to take him home.

“We handed over the four remaining suspects to fishery administration officials at 2pm today [yesterday] for further action,” he added.

Oun Sinath, provincial fisheries administration chief, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

However, he told local media that his officers did not participate in the crackdown, but the Fisheries Administration would prepare charges against the suspects and send them to court.

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