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Cambodia, Thailand exchange fire

world Updated: Apr 03, 2009 15:59 IST

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Four Thai soldiers are dead and 10 others have been detained after a clash at the Thai-Cambodian border.

A Cambodian government spokesman says Thai and Cambodian soldiers fired at each other with machine guns and rocket launchers Friday along a disputed border.

The fighting represents an escalation of tension in a longstanding feud near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.

Cambodian government spokesman Khieu Kanharith says four Thai soldiers were killed and 10 others detained in two clashes. He said no Cambodians died.

The Thai army could not be reached to confirm the fatalities on the Thai side.

The fighting is the latest flare-up near the temple, which is on the Cambodian side of an ill-defined border.