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Threats made in hotel loo an unctuous riddle

Notes with cryptic terrorist slogans turned up in the men's toilets of a major Phnom

Penh hotel on September 4 during a meeting of more than 30 journalists from the Mekong

region and a Christian religious service.

At 11.30 a.m., a Cambodian television journalist attending the International Press

Service's Imaging Our Mekong workshop at the Sunway Hotel discovered several strips

of paper above the urinal with typed messages in Khmer and English.

One note read, "The center city top richs will attack by poors soon and the

war (on terror) of aggression another country will coming too (U.S)."

Said another, "(If have) eat danger (if have) eat danger (if leave) eat danger

... (if leave) eat danger."

And another, "I'll make you became a terrorist by yourself, wich you be safe

all the time na !ha".

The notes did not identify any person or organization. One was printed on the back

of a photocopy of page 6 of the The Cambodia Daily's August 30 edition.

Puzzled, the journalist passed the notes around to his colleagues and finally to

a security guard, with the expectation that hotel management would be alerted.

But Jean Gablin, general manager of the Sunway Hotel, said he had not been informed

of the strange notes by security and wasn't sure what to make of the messages.

"I have never seen anything like this before, and I have no idea what it means,"

Gablin said.

"It is difficult to for me to trust this, when the finding was made in a public

area and no employees at the hotel witnessed it," he said.

Gablin said he would meet with hotel security to discuss the findings.

Greg Gallaher, assistant minister for the International Christian Fellowship, said

their regular 9 a.m. Sunday service was moved to accommodate the journalism conference

but otherwise reported nothing out of the ordinary.

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