PHNOM PENH, October 1 (Khmer Times) – A Cambodian soldier and a Thai border guard were injured during an exchange of gunfire on the Cambodian-Thai border on Monday.
The incident occurred near the An Ses border checkpoint in Preah Vihear province, according to military officials.
Chea Kimseng, governor of Choam Ksan district, said that Cambodian soldier Var Savuth, 35, was accidentally shot during the incident. He received bullet wounds to his left leg, right hip and right shoulder. The soldier was taken to a military hospital in Siem Reap for treatment.
The condition of a Thai soldier injured during the incident remains unknown.
General Chea Dara, deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, said that the shootings resulted from confusion among the soldiers stationed on both sides of the border.
“They mistook a soldier for somebody else as both sides were patrolling [the same area],” he said.
Recently, there have been cases of illegally-felled timber being smuggled over the border.
“The border is normal and calm after the brief gunfire, and our commanders have talked to each other about the matter,” Gen. Dara added.