More than 30 explosions from inside the Cambodian border were heard Tuesday night which are believed to be an attempted provocation by Cambodian soldiers, but Thai troops held their fire and did not respond.
Sao Thongchai subdistrict official Chokchai Saikaew in Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district told the media Wednesday morning that from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. he heard bomb-like explosions from the border area pending demarcation, near the 4.6 square kilometre contested area in Rung sub-district of Kantharalak.
Mr Chokchai said he heard 30 to 40 explosions, like bombs or artillery shells, through the night, but that they stopped in the early morning. He did not know where the sound came from, but Thai troops stationed at the border did not fire in response as no shells landed on Thai territory.
Si Sa Ket governor Somsak Suwansujarit said he stayed overnight at Rung sub-district to give moral support to border villagers and heard the explosions.
He said initial reports confirmed that no shells fell in Thai territory but inside Cambodia, which he believed was an attempt by Cambodian soldiers to provoke Thai forces.