Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Three siblings burned in PPenh acid attack

Three siblings burned in PPenh acid attack

Three siblings burned in PPenh acid attack

THREE siblings suffered slight injuries when they were attacked with acid while riding on a motorbike to work in Boeung Keng Kang Market early Sunday morning, police said.

Vong Sophon, the deputy police chief of Chamkarmon district’s Boeung Trabek commune, where the attack occurred, said police believed two assailants rode up alongside the group on Mao Tse Tung Boulevard at around 5:30am.

Chey Sovannarith, 28, and his younger sister, 22-year-old Chey Srey Phat, both received slight burns to their eyes, he said. Their 24-year-old sister, Chey Srey Phon, received slight burns to her upper body.

“According to our interviews with the victims, they told us that while they were driving their motorbike at around 5:30am to sell beef as normal at Boeung Keng Kong Market, there was another black Honda C100 motorbike with two civilian men who threw liquid acid at them,” Vong Sophon said. “The two men are still at large.”

He said the three victims suspected that the attack was spurred by a dispute with another beef seller at the market. After having worked as vendors at the same beef stall for five years, he said, they had decided to start out on their own, a move that had angered their former employer.

“We are now investigating the crime and hunting for the acid attackers, but we primarily suspect that it is related to a dispute between the victims and the perpetrators,” he said.

The victims, he added, had been sent home on Sunday afternoon after being treated at Visal Sok Polyclinic and Ang Duong Hospital.

Phnom Penh is the second most common site of acid attacks behind Kampong Cham province, according to a study released last month by the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity.

Chhun Sophea, the programme manager for CASC, said that the number of attacks nationwide seemed to have fallen off since April, and that her charity had taken in 15 new cases so far this year.

In response to a spate of attacks in December and January, the government formed a committee tasked with drafting legislation to curtail acid crimes.

Ouk Kimlek, an undersecretary of state at the Interior Ministry and the committee’s deputy director, said Sunday that it was scheduled to meet one more time next week before sending a final draft to the Council of Ministers.

MOST VIEWED

  • Touch: Rainsy will never return

    Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has claimed it has achieved 70 per cent of its struggle to find a solution to the current political situation in the Kingdom. Just before boarding a plane at Charles de Gaulle

  • Sokha continues call for dropping of charge after bail conditions reduced

    Not satisfied with having his bail conditions reduced, allowing him to travel freely in Cambodia, Kem Sokha says he wants his charge totally dropped. “As an innocent man who has been in detention for two years even without being found guilty, I continue to demand

  • Sar Kheng: Rainsy return not blocked

    Minister of Interior Sar Kheng clarified that Cambodia had never blocked Sam Rainsy from returning to the Kingdom. However, he said Cambodia reserved the right to take legal action as allowed by law against activities aimed at destroying the Kingdom. “No one blocked the return

  • Reports: Rainsy barred from Jakarta flight

    Sam Rainsy was on Wednesday refused entry to a flight from Malaysia to Indonesia, media reported late on Wednesday. The “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party’s announced return to the Kingdom on Independence Day on Saturday failed to occur. Rainsy

  • King Sihamoni presides over opening of Water Festival

    King Norodom Sihamoni presided over the lighting of the lantern barges, representing the many ministries, in front of the Royal Palace on Sunday as the first day of the annual Water Festival celebrations went smoothly. Bun Veasna, an official at the National Committee for Organising

  • Government studying EU’s preliminary report on EBA

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday said the government was studying the EU Commission’s preliminary report on the human rights situation in the Kingdom that could lead to a suspension of access to its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement. The