31 Jan '18, 11pm

More murders: Conservationists allegedly killed by soldiers in Cambodia

More murders: Conservationists allegedly killed by soldiers in Cambodia

Three people have been shot and killed by soldiers in northeastern Cambodia, apparently in retaliation for seizing equipment from illegal loggers. A police report names three individuals as responsible for the killings: a border police officer and two border military officers. Illegal logging and timber smuggling is commonplace between Cambodia and Vietnam, and officials from both countries are often complicit. Around 200 land activists were murdered worldwide in 2016, up from 185 in 2015. Three people have been shot and killed by soldiers in northeastern Cambodia, according to officials as reported by The Associated Press . Those killed were a conservation worker, a military policy officer and a forest protection ranger, reportedly because they had seized equipment from illegal loggers. Keo Sopheak, a senior environmental official in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province, said t...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/more-murders-conservati...

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