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Five held in Preah Vihear murder

Five men were arrested by provincial police in Preah Vihear on Friday for their alleged role in the murder of a man, with police saying the purported hired killer admitting that he shot the wrong person.

On February 13, Ki Kim of Preah Vihear’s Kulen district was shot dead on the way back from a night with friends, police said. The police report says the victim was shot seven times in the torso and throat.

Keo Chamroeun, Preah Vihear’s provincial deputy police chief said five men – Khem Touch, 23; Khem Marng, 24; Um Khob, 35; Ly Hym, 48; Khout Deab, 41 – had been arrested in the connection to the murder.

Police allege that Deab was offered $3,000 by Touch and Marng to kill their brother Khem Nin.

“However, as I got the wrong person, Khem Touch and Khem Marng offered me only 2 million riel [about $500],” Chamroeun said, quoting Deab’s purported confession.

The police say they found an AK-47 at Deab’s home in Kulen district as well as more than a dozen bullets and a homemade gun. Deab’s friends Khob and Hym were accomplices police say.

All suspects have been detained and will face the court on preliminary charges of premeditated murder.

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