BANGKOK, 13 July 2012 (NNT) – Cambodian army fired shots at a passenger aircraft flying near Thailand’s disputed border with Cambodia yesterday, believing it was a spy plane.
Deputy army spokesperson Colonel Sirichan Ngathong said the Cambodian troops fired at a Bangkok Airways passenger plane which was struggling to land at Siem Reap airport due to bad weather.
She added that there is no report of casualties during the incident near Sa Kaeo province.
Cambodian military at the border where deadly clashes occurred last year confirmed troops had opened fire at a Thai aircraft.
Cambodia and Thailand exchanged deadly arms fire over the disputed border in 2011 under the previous administration.
Cambodian Commander Seng Phearin disclosed that the airplane was circling the border area several times and their soldiers subsequently fired 18 shots at the plane in defense, suspecting that the unidentified aircraft was a spy plane.
Official reports now confirmed the plane has landed safely in Siem Reap.
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