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Ransom demanded in garage kidnap

The owner of a parking garage in Phnom Penh was kidnapped by four armed suspects, who have demanded a US$100,000 ransom, in Kandal province on Monday. Provincial police said they are taking action to rescue the victim.

Ing Keang Mea, 40, the owner of Ing Keang Mea Garage II in the Phsar Depot II commune of Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district, was kidnapped on Monday.

He had been visiting a pagoda in the Kandork commune of Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, the province’s police chief Iv Chamroeun said yesterday.

“He was stopped and kidnapped by the armed kidnappers while he was driving his car with his family from the pagoda. Two armed kidnappers pointed guns at him and then brought him into another car and drove towards Kandal province,” he said.

“His family members were not kidnapped but they were threatened with guns and told not to shout for help. They were freed after the victim was successfully brought into the other car.”

Touch Naruth, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said that the kidnappers were now demanding ransom money.

“The kidnappers have just called this morning to ask for $100,000 from the victim’s family for the safe release of the victim,” he said.

“We are now working hard to rescue him. We hope that with our measures and actions we will able to rescue him without danger and the kidnappers will be arrested soon.”

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