The Thai Embassy issued a statement Saturday denying Thai
border officials were involved in a shooting Thursday that led to the deaths of
two Cambodians, but a Thai official said Monday an investigation will be
The shootings were the result of human trafficking, the Thai
It On, 25, and Chea Phal, 6, were allegedly shot Thursday
afternoon on the Thai side of an informal border crossing at Bantey Meanchey
province. Witnesses said Friday the shooter was a Thai border patrolman.
Thai authorities will conduct an investigation into the
shooting, which took place on Thai soil, Thai First Secretary Chaturont
Chaiyakam told VOA Khmer Monday.
"The Thai military and the Thai authorities did not
commit the killing," he said. "We try to prevent the people from
smuggling into Thailand.
You know, it's dangerous if you cross the border because there are criminals,
Cambodian or Thai, along the border."
Tim Sareth, deputy director of the Ministry
of Interior's Cambodia-Thai coordination office, said Cambodia's
representative to Sre Keo province had sent a letter to the Thai Ministry of
Foreign Affairs urging an arrest in Thursdays' shootings.