Two Cambodian customs officials were injured in a shooting by
Cambodian soldiers at the Vietnam
border Tuesday, after they tried to stop a truck smuggling construction
equipment into Cambodia.
Kang Heap, 47, and Chan Chheang, 46, both received injuries,
but neither of them was in critical condition, after they were beaten, kicked
and accidentally shot by the soldiers, customs officials and border police
The two had tried to stop two trucks carrying construction
goods at the Longky checkpoint, Bavet commune, Chantria district, Svay Rieng
The soldiers were identified as "Mr. Chheang" the
son of a high-ranking military official in Phnom Penh, and "Mr. Chap."
Soy Samath, a border policeman in Svay Rieng, said an
investigation would follow. No one has so far been arrested.
Tuesday's incident marked the first time Cambodian soldiers
have been accused of shooting customs police in Svay Rieng.
Pan Simon, director of the customs department of the
Ministry of Finance, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.