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Brutal acid attack

A 24-year-old man was today transferred to a hospital in Vietnam after he was injured in an acid attack in Meanchey district on Tuesday, said the victim’s family members.

Seang Bouleng, a teacher at an IT training centre, was attacked at about 8:30pm as he drove his girlfriend to her home in Stung Meanchey commune.

Seang Bouleng’s brother, Seang Sunly, said today that he did not know the motive of the attack and requested that the authorities arrest the perpetrators.

“My brother is a gentle teacher who is liked by his students,” he said.

Stung Meanchey commune Police Chief Mao Saroeun said the victims were not present when police arrived at the scene and no report or complaint had yet been made, but that the police were searching for the perpetrators.

Seang Sunly said his brother was doused with acid on his face, the right side of his body and had some injuries on the left side of his body.

“His eyes are closed all the time and we see his terrible face full with burns, his right chest and right leg were burned,” he said.

Ziad Samman, project manager at the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity, said today via email that Seang Bouleng was the third person to fall victim so far this year, following an attack on two women in Phnom Penh in January.

He said CASC recorded 19 cases of acid attacks resulting in 40 victims in Cambodia last year.

 

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