Cambodian troops open fire at Thai soldiers near border

April 3, 2009 06:10

Cambodian troops said Friday a brief gunfight broke out with Thai soldiers at their tense border near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple, the site of increasingly regular conflicts between the neighbors. Cambodian troops fired on some 60 Thai soldiers after they entered Cambodian territory, sparking a gun battle that lasted about 10 minutes, said Yim Kheang, a Cambodian soldier at the border. He said no Cambodian soldiers were wounded. "We are on alert, and we are ready for fighting at any time," he told The Associated Press. "If Thai soldiers come here, Cambodian soldiers will open fire without warning." On Thursday, a Thai soldier in the area lost his leg after stepping on a land mine, but Thai and Cambodian military officials disagreed over which country he was in at the time.

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