Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Frenchman shot and robbed in Ratanakkiri

Frenchman shot and robbed in Ratanakkiri

Frenchman shot and robbed in Ratanakkiri

A FRENCH national was shot and robbed while on the back of a motorbike with his wife in Ratanakkiri province Monday, police told the Post.

Henri Georges Rostaing, 63, who arrived at Ratanakkiri's Chheng Lok hotel on Sunday, was lightly wounded in the stomach when shot by two young unidentified robbers who also stole his camera, said Rir Ray, Ratanakkiri's provincial police commissioner.

Rir Ray added that the Frenchman was immediately taken to the provincial referral hospital for treatment before being flown to Phnom Penh.

"It is the first time that a robbery has occurred against a foreigner in Ratanakkiri," Rir Ray told the Post by telephone on Monday.

He added that the couple were touring the province by motorbike and were on their way to see the Cha Ong waterfall when they were followed by the two unknown men.

Shot near tourist spot

Tra Nutsean, director of tourism in Ratanakkiri province, said the man was shot just near Cha Ong waterfall, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area, located about nine kilometres from Banlung town.

"[Rostaing] was shot with an AK47 rifle. The shooters were young, around 20 years old," Tra Nutsean said. "He lost a Canon camera, but his other belongings were safe."

Fabienne Mansancal, spokeswoman for the French embassy in Phnom Penh, said Rostaing was currently undergoing further treatment at Calmette Hospital. 

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,