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.