German UN Peacekeeper Shot Dead In Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) _ Two Cambodians on a motorcycle shot and killed a U.N. peacekeeper from Germany on Thursday as he was driving home after dinner in the capital.
The assailants were unknown, as were their reasons for killing Sgt. Alexander Arndt, who was hit in the heart and knee by two of three bullets fired into the car.
Arndt, 26, was the first German to die in the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Cambodia, said Col. Dr. Peter Fraps, the chief U.N. medical officer and senior German officer in the country.
Arndt had been in Cambodia less than five months as part of the mission to guide the country through democratic elections this past May and install a stable government.
Arndt worked in the U.N. field hospital in intensive care.
A passenger was unharmed and pushed his co-worker out of the driver’s seat to rush him to the hospital on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Fraps said.
Fourteen other U.N. personnel have been killed since the mission began 19 months ago. Although it officially ended last month, German peacekeepers and several hundred other U.N. personnel are continuing to work through mid- November.