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1 policeman wounded, 2 robbers killed in crossfire in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, April 18 (Xinhua) -- A policeman was injured as two suspected vehicle robbers were killed on Tuesday in a crossfire here, a police spokesman said.

The exchange of gunfire happened at 11:00 a.m. local time (4:00 GMT) in Phnom Penh's Pur Senchey district when criminal police besieged both armed robbers, said Brigadier General San Sok Seiha, spokesman for the Phnom Penh Municipal Police.

"The suspected robbers, armed with a pistol, opened indiscriminate fire on our police officers first, so they had to use their rights for self-defense and returned fire at the suspects, killing both of them at the scene," he told Xinhua.

Seiha said that a policeman was also wounded on his leg during the crossfire.