Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police seek gunmen in Battambang shooting



Police seek gunmen in Battambang shooting

Police seek gunmen in Battambang shooting

Gunmen allegedly opened fire on a village representative, his family and two others as they travelled in a car in Battambang province on Sunday. A 16-year-old passenger was injured in what police claim was an attempted murder related to a land dispute.

Chhea Ny, 38, a representative of 1,700 families in Bavel district’s Ampil Pram Doeum commune, said yesterday that three men had fired shots from about 10 metres away as he drove his wife, son and two villagers. “They tried to kill me and my wife but the bullet ricocheted, injuring a boy [in the car],” he said.

He claims that he had been targeted by neighbouring villagers with whom his village was embroiled in a 3,000-hectare land dispute.

Dy Sareth, district deputy police chief, said yesterday that police were examining spent AK-47 assault rifle cartridges found at the scene of the shooting and had recovered a mobile phone thought to belong to one of the assailants.

“It was an attempt to kill Chhea Ny and his wife and we have suspects. I think it was caused by a land dispute,” he said, without providing further details.

Seak Sorphear, a district military officer, said that police had questioned two suspects, but had yet to make any arrests.

Yin Meangly, provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said yesterday that Chhea Ny’s village was awarded a government land concession in 2006, and that tensions between the two villages erupted in March after Chhea Ny attempted to demarcate the land.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • One million Chinese Covid-19 jabs to start rolling in from February

    The government has confirmed that Covid-19 vaccines from China are set to begin arriving in Cambodia by February. This came as the Ministry of Health recorded two imported cases of Covid-19 on January 18. While calling on people to remain vigilant against the pandemic, ministry spokeswoman