Sunday, July 26, 1998 Published at 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Big turnout in Cambodia poll
Buddhist monks cast their votes
Polls have closed in Cambodia's general election, which saw a large turnout by voters and predictions of a strong challenge to the government of Hun Sen.
The officials said the raid took place near the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Anlong Veng.
Elsewhere, the polling passed off peacefully in many areas, despite an election campaign marred by violence and criticised by the opposition and human rights groups as unfair.
It is also the first run by Cambodians themselves, although funding has come from abroad.
There were long queues at many of the 11,600 polling stations. Election officials said the voting process was a lengthy one.
One of the first people to vote on Sunday was Chan Somphon who, like one in 300 Cambodians, has been injured by a landmine, millions of which are left over from decades of war. "I want peace for Cambodia," he said.
Speaking afterwards, he described the poll as a victory for the Cambodian people.
He said it was time for the international community to grant Cambodia its seat at the United Nations and entry to the grouping of South-east Asian nations, Asean, denied it after last year's factional fighting.
"Not free and fair, but broadly representative"
But they expect the result to be broadly representative of the will of the people.
The BBC South-east Asia correspondent Simon Ingram says Hun Sen needs a credible election to legitimise his hold on power.
Hun Sen's Cambodia People's Party has dominated the campaign and he is widely expected to win a majority, but not by a big enough margin to rule alone.
Analysts believe that even massive vote-rigging would be unlikely to bring Hun Sen the necessary majority, making a coalition the most likely outcome.
The main local observer group, Comfrel, said there had been more than 100 killings during the campaign - fewer than had been feared.
Prince Ranariddh said the election was a "choice between democracy and totalitarianism".
About 20,000 people are observing the elections, 600 of them from abroad. Preliminary results are not due until 1 August.