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Frenchman stabbed in robbery

A French national was viciously attacked and robbed in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Sunday night as he left a convenience store shortly after midnight, police have said.

Ham Sophea, a city police officer, said that the man left the Panda Mart store on Street 13 near the corner of Street 178 after purchasing four bottles of beer.

Two men approached the victim, who police have not named, taking a beer from his hand and hitting him on the head with it. One of the attackers then used the broken beer bottle to stab the man.

“After [the attackers] hit his head, he was wounded and bleeding, they then took the broken bottle to stab his face, neck and his back, causing serious wounds,” Sophea told the Post yesterday.

“After hitting the victim, the thieves took his wallet … and his passport before successfully escaping from the scene,” he added.

The victim was taken to Calmette Hospital after police arrived at the scene.

Brigadier General Chuon Narin, deputy chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said police had not yet tracked down the attackers.

“So far, we do not know their names or their identities. Police now are still working hard on this case in order to bring them to justice,” he said.

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