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Two die in failed burglary attempt

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A report from the provincial police said two Chinese nationals entered the house in the early hours of Monday in commune 4 to steal money. Photo supplied

Two die in failed burglary attempt

A border official in Preah Sihanouk province shot at two burglars, killing one and seriously injuring the other who later died in hospital after succumbing to his injuries.

The suspects – both said to be Chinese nationals – had entered the official’s Phnom Penh house by forcing open the door on Monday night to burgle, said Preah Sihanouk provincial deputy police chief Kol Phally.

He told The Post on Tuesday that the suspects, each wielding a crowbar, had sneaked into the house to burgle the property.

The official shot them in self-defence, killing one on the spot. The other was rushed to the Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital in the capital but died the following day.

“We are continuing to investigate the case. The injured suspect died on Tuesday evening while receiving treatment. We are yet to ascertain the identities of the two suspects,” he said.

A report from the provincial police said two Chinese nationals entered a house on St 216, #76, Group 8, Village 4 in Preah Sihanouk province’s commune 4, in the early hours of Monday to steal money.

The report identified the house owner as a 35-year-old male and a provincial border official. The police are yet to conclusively identify the suspects and are continuing their investigation.

“The two Chinese nationals cut the bars of a window on the second floor to enter the house and went to the ground floor to break open a safe.

“While doing so, the owner unlocked the door to enter a room, only to be attacked by the suspects who were wielding crowbars. Immediately, he shot at them, killing one and seriously injuring the other at the scene,” the report said.

Provincial deputy prosecutor Huot Vichet and specialists arrived at the scene on Tuesday. Vichet said the specialists were conducting a post-mortem examination, which has not been concluded.

“We will wait for the results of the post-mortem and the investigation of specialist police before we come to any conclusion. Yesterday at 7pm, we inspected the scene thoroughly.

“The specialists are studying the case and will produce a report for the senior leadership. Please give them time. Everyone is waiting for the specialists’ report. But they need time to do the work properly,” Vichet said.

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