Alleged Robber Fatally Shot at Thai Border

Thai police officers shot and killed a Cambodian man suspected of burglarizing a Thai villager’s home in the border province of Sa Kaeo, officials said yesterday.

Dy Phan, director of the Northwest RCAF Cambodian-Thai border relations office, said that Thai police shot at two men–Seng Ratanak, 25, and Hong Heang, 26–from Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City, killing Mr Ratanak.

Mr Phan said the Thai report of the incident clamed the two men attempted to rob a house in the province’s Aranayaprathet district, and exchanged gunfire with police as they fled. The report also claimed Mr Ratanak had opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle, which was found lying atop the body, he said.

“To me, I doubt the guy had a rifle,” Mr Phan said, because it would have been difficult to cross the border with such a large and obvious weapon.

Mr Heang has not yet been found, Mr Phan added.

Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Hun Hean said authorities were contacting the Cambodian consul in Sa Kaeo province to have the body returned.

“The body should be subject to autopsy,” he said.

He said local authorities have been educating migrant workers not to cross the border illegally to look for work.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman could not be reached yesterday. Emailed requests for comment sent to the Thai Foreign Ministry went unanswered, while a Thai Interior Ministry spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Last month one Cambodian was shot and another was reported missing after Thai soldiers allegedly opened fire on 29 migrant workers who illegally crossed the border into Thailand from Oddar Meanchey province.


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