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Fearful Villagers Flee Shots in the Night

About 50 Villagers returned to their homes on the border of two districts in Battambang province Monday morning, after spending one to two days away for fear of fighting between local police and former Khmer Rogue soldiers.

Villagers who heard signs of violence on the nights of March 7, 8 and 9, told VOA Khmer they ran because they feared a land dispute was leading to armed conflict.

Mei Sandab, a villager from Banan and worker for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said Monday more than 10 villagers fled their home village to spend the night elsewhere.

Authorities could not confirm Monday whether the former Khmer Rouge were armed.