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German Peacekeeper Killed For Splashing Cambodians

October 15, 1993

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) _ A Cambodian man fatally shot a U.N. peacekeeper from Germany because the soldier inadvertently splashed him while driving through a puddle of water, witnesses said today.

Sgt. Alexander Arndt, 26, was killed by a bullet to the heart Thursday night while driving a U.N.-marked truck home after dinner in the capital.

He was the first German peacekeeper to die in hostile action during this or any other U.N. peacekeeping mission, said Maj. Wilfried Neuroth, a pharmacist at the German-run U.N. field hospital where Arndt worked.

Sim Wath, 17, said he saw the U.N. vehicle passed by three men riding a motorcycle Thursday night. Arndt’s vehicle drove through a pothole, splashing the three men.

One of them shouted, ″Let’s go and shoot him,″ another drew a hand gun and the motorcycle took off after the U.N. vehicle, Sim said.

Several blocks away, 20-year-old Vieng Phoung, said she saw the motorcycle overtake the U.N. vehicle and stop in front of her cafe. The man at the back shot three times at the vehicle before the men sped off, she said.

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