Cambodian PM Takes Aim at Unidentified Drones

Military deployed, bounties offered, Montagnards told they are not welcome.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen redeployed his military forces to the northeast frontier this week, ordering troops to shoot down unidentified drones seen flying over Ratanakkiri province that were apparently being used to make contact with “defectors” fleeing Vietnam.

Additionally Hun Sen offered a $200,000 bounty for any military unit that shoots down a drone, which he said – after checking with authorities in Hanoi – were not Vietnamese but linked to violent protests staged this month by Montagnards in the Central Highlands.

Subsequently, the autocratic leader, who will take his party to the polls in less than a month, has urged “every country to review the case of unidentified drones entering Cambodia which violated Cambodia’s independence and sovereignty.”

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