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3 Cambodian soldiers killed, 1 injured in Cambodian, Thai border clash

04-22-2011 15:42 BJT

PHNOM PENH, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Three Cambodian troops were killed and one was injured in the armed clashes on Friday morning between Cambodian and Thai troops over the border disputed areas at Ta Mon Thom temple and Ta Krabek temple in Oddar Meanchey province, said a military commander on Friday.

"Three soldiers stationed at Ta Krabek temple were killed and one at Ta Mon Thom temple was injured in this morning's armed clashes," Neak Vong, deputy commander of brigade 42 at Ta Mon Thom temple, told Xinhua by telephone on Friday.

The military clashes between the two countries' troops over the border disputed area began at 6:00 a.m. and ended at 10:30 a. m., he said.

The latest clashes reoccured just more than two months after the deadly clash on Feb. 4-7 at the border disputed area next to Preah Vihear temple, the World Heritage Site.

The border between Thailand and Cambodia has never been completely demarcated and the issue of Preah Vihear temple has been an age-old dispute.

Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008. Just a week after the enlistment, Cambodia and Thailand have had border conflict due to Thai claim of the ownership of 1.8 square miles (4.6 sq km) of scrub next to the temple, triggering a military build-up along the border, and periodic clashes between Cambodian and Thai soldiers have resulted in the deaths of troops on both sides.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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