POLICE have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of throwing a grenade into a house in Kampong Cham province’s Chamkar Loeu district on Wednesday, killing two young boys and injuring 10 adults, police officials said.
Provincial police Chief Nuon Samin said Thursday that the survivors of the attack, which took place Wednesday evening, were being treated at Kampong Cham provincial hospital.
“The attack injured a total of 12 people, including two boys. Four were seriously injured and another eight suffered slight injuries, and they were all immediately sent to a hospital for medical treatment, where the two boys died,” he said.
Nuon Samin said police believed the grenade attack stemmed from a long-running business dispute between the suspect and his victims, who lived about 100 metres away from each other in the village and competed for business.
He added that the suspect was being held at the provincial police station, where he would remain until the police finished conducting further inquiries.
“He hasn’t confessed to the bomb attack yet, which is normal for an offender, but there were four witnesses who testified that he was the perpetrator,” he said.
“We are still interrogating him to get further details about the bomb attack at our police station before we send the suspect to face charges at the provincial court.”
Nuon Samin said that since the attack was likely motivated by a personal dispute, police believe the man probably acted alone in the attack.