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Air rifle accident injures one

Authorities in Stung Treng province’s Thala Barivat district are searching for a man who allegedly seriously injured a cassava plantation worker on Saturday morning when a shot from his air-powered rifle ricocheted into the man’s eyebrow.

Ev Leur, Thala Barivat district deputy police chief, said that suspect Machas Klen, 40, a cassava worker from Kampong Cham province, was using an air rifle to shoot a bird on a tree branch. He missed, however, and the shot ricocheted off of the branch and struck his friend, Heang Yim, 43, in the left eyebrow, causing a serious injury.

According to witnesses at the site, he continued, Yim fell unconscious, and while by­-standers were busy searching for a motorbike with which to drive Yim to the hospital, Klen allegedly fled into the cassava field with his rifle.

“Now the victim is staying at the provincial hospital waiting for surgery, but the doctor reported that the victim might lose his left eye since the bullet affected the eye’s [blood] vessels severely,” Leur said.

The plantation manager is currently cooperating with authorities and the Kampong Cham provincial police to search for Klen.

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