BANGKOK | Tue Feb 15, 2011
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai and Cambodian troops clashed before dawn on Tuesday at a disputed stretch of border, a Thai army spokesman said, but a senior Cambodian military official denied the report.
"It was a minor clash at the frontline with pistols, wounding one soldier on the Thai side," said Thai army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd, adding that the soldier was wounded by a grenade.
The Cambodian government, however, said it was unaware of any clash between the two countries. A senior Cambodian army commander said there had been no fighting.
A spokesman at a Thai hospital in the border area said the wounded soldier appeared to have stepped on a landmine.
Thailand and Cambodia blame each other for clashes this month near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple that killed at least three Thais and eight Cambodians. The temple is located on a disputed piece of land between the two countries.
The U.N. Security Council on Monday called for a permanent ceasefire and voiced concern about recent violence, urging both sides to show "maximum restraint".
(Reporting by Ambika Ahuja; Editing by Jason Szep)