22 Apr '11, 2am

Six dead in Thai-Cambodia border clash

Six dead in Thai-Cambodia border clash

Thai and Cambodian troops clashed with gunfire and artillery shells, leaving two soldiers dead and shattering a two-month lull in long-standing tensions at their disputed border. Both sides blamed each other for starting the fighting, which broke out in the early morning on Friday near the Ta Krabei and Ta Muean Tom temples and was still continuing several hours later. The Thai army said two of its soldiers were killed and seven others wounded. "Cambodian soldiers fired with assault rifles at Thailand first and now they started to shell us with artillery and we took appropriate retaliation," Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon told AFP. "I think Cambodia wanted to take over temples on the border," he said. Cambodia accused Thai troops of entering 0.4 kilometers (0.25 miles) into its territory. "The Thai troops marched directly towards Cambodian troop positions statio...

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