Ranger station razed by mob

A mob of some 60 men burned down an environmental ranger station inside Mondulkiri’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday, allegedly as revenge against rangers who had previously stopped them from clearing forest, an official said yesterday. Keo Sopheak, provincial environmental department director, said the men rode motorbikes and carried more than 10 petrol bottles to the station, where two environmental rangers and two military policemen were temporarily staying. “About 60 unknown men stormed into the station with their faces covered with scarves,” he said. Some of them, he said, talked to the rangers while others managed to set the station on fire from behind.

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