Cambodia admits responsibility as naval troop kills Vietnamese fisherman

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A Vietnamese fisherman was shot dead on January 1 by a Cambodian naval troop while fishing off Vietnam's Phu Quoc Island, and the Cambodian Navy has accepted responsibility.

Pham Van Huong, 36, was killed in an encounter with a patrol boat from the Kampot naval base around 4.5 miles off Phu Quoc. Three Cambodian soldiers had boarded Huong's boat, took away equipment, and asked for fish, sparking off an argument.

Suddenly one of the Cambodians shot Huong and he died on the spot.

The other fishermen with him took his body to shore and handed it over to the Kien Giang Province border guards the same night.

A source told Thanh Nien that the next day representatives of the Kampot base came to Phu Quoc and admitted their soldier was responsible for Huong's death at a meeting with border guards.

They also visited the victim's family and promised to pay compensation.

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