Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Bomb explodes at CPP HQ

Bomb explodes at CPP HQ

A police officer examines the scene after a bomb exploded in front of a Cambodia People’s Party office in Kampong Speu’s Kang Pisey district.
A police officer examines the scene after a bomb exploded in front of a Cambodia People’s Party office in Kampong Speu’s Kang Pisey district. HENG CHIVOAN

Bomb explodes at CPP HQ

A bomb was detonated at the Cambodian People’s Party headquarters in Kampong Speu province’s Kang Pisey district on Wednesday night, damaging a CPP signboard, a wall and some parts of the headquarters itself, but resulting in no injuries, police said.

According to Kang Pisey district police chief Khim Sophanra, few details were available apart from the fact that the bomb went off at about 9:40pm, but Anti-Corruption Unit president Om Yentieng said similarities existed between Wednesday’s bomb and the one detonated behind the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

“I think it is local terrorism,” Yentieng said. “Some items of the bomb were similar to what happened at the Phnom Penh court.”

Sophanra, however, said that the origins of the bomb were still being explored.

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre "collected the remaining bomb shrapnel to make conclusions,” he said. “I think it is a timer bomb because we saw some part of the timer at the scene.”

Sophanra said four guards usually watched the building, but had left for dinner at the time of the explosion.

District party president Men Noeun said he usually slept in his office, but on the day in question he, too, was out to dinner at the time of the blast, adding: “I do not know who I suspect.”

Thol Sophy, 33, who lives near the site, said she burst into tears when she heard the explosion.

“I heard a very loud explosion shaking my house, and I assumed my house was exploding, not the headquarters,” she said, adding that she heard a motorbike riding eastbound about 15 minutes before the explosion and thought she had yet again fallen victim to chicken thieves.

“First, I thought I would lose the chickens because the last time I heard a motorbike sound at night I lost my chickens,” she said. “But this time I didn’t lose them, but I was still shocked.”

Am Sam Ath, a senior investigator for rights group Licadho, said he was concerned by the blast, it coming at a time “while the political heat is increasingly boiling”.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all