On Wednesday night, a group of unidentified persons opened fire on the government’s rangers who were on patrol in Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary.
Colonel Chin Eng, Sieng Pang district police chief told Khmer Times today the group started the attack by firing two shots at the authorities, who shot back in self-defense. The attackers then opened fire on them. The authorities retaliated and the attackers fled the scene.
“They used homemade guns,” Colonel Eng said. “Fortunately, none of our officers were killed or injured in the attack.”
The authorities later recovered 12 Ak47 bullet shells at the site.
Col Eng added the group was most likely a gang of poachers, either local or from Laos, who entered the protected area to hunt wild animals.
“This is not the first time we have been attacked,” Colonel Eng said. “The authorities are now conducting an investigation to identify the attackers.”
Caption: Military police investigating the site at Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary where the incident took place. Supplied
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