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Arrests in triple murder

Police have arrested two suspects in the brutal slaying of a couple and their 3-year-old granddaughter last week in Kampong Cham.

Chhean Kunthear, 24, and Yan Chanthet, 31, were arrested on Friday at the brick kiln where they work and will be sent to court today, said San Sophia, chief of the provincial criminal office, adding that the kiln was located just 700 metres from the scene of the crime.

“The confession showed that they hid and waited to attack the victims intentionally, so we have prepared an intentional murder lawsuit,” he said.

Police are still searching for a third suspect.

According to Sophia, the alleged assailants waited alongside the road near the border of Koh Sotin and Tbong Khmum districts on Wednesday night, then attacked the couple – Eng Kry, 48 and his wife, Dorn Chenda, 45 – with a stick as they drove past on a moto, eventually slashing their throats.

Their 3-year-old granddaughter was subsequently beaten to death to silence her cries.

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