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Local journalist shot in the head in Kampot

Local journalist shot in the head in Kampot

A journalist was shot to death early on Monday morning in an apparent motorbike robbery, authorities said yesterday.

Smorng Om, a 36-year-old reporter for the monthly Neak Moeul Plauv newspaper, was shot in the head about 1am on Monday while on his way home, Kampot police chief Moa Makthurith said.

Police found an intact AK-47 bullet at the scene and believe the shooting occurred during a robbery as his bike was stolen.

Neak Moeul Plauv’s managing editor Tem Vandara told police that although Om had threats and at least one physical altercation stemming from previous reporting in Preah Vihear, he had not written any recent stories.

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