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No gunfire in home: CPP lawmaker

A Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker for Stung Treng province yesterday denied reports by residents living nearby that gunshots heard on Tuesday night had originated from his home.

According to a local police officer, who declined to be named, police in Stung Treng town are investigating after villagers told them a firearm was discharged at the property of parliamentarian Loy Sophath.

“We have heard the people say there was shooting . . . inside Loy Sophath’s house [on Tuesday] night,” the man said.

However, reached by phone, Sophat denied the reports, which have also been circulating in local media.

“In my house there was no incident,” he said.

“My guards heard the sound about 2am, but when they looked into it there was nothing . . . they do not know where it was coming from.”

Stung Treng town police chief Chhouk Komol said his officers had visited the lawmaker’s home and found nothing amiss, but was unable to provide details about the gunshots.

“We do not know yet,” he said. “We went to his home and inside there was no problem, only his son alone.”



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