Mar 7: A bomb explodes at Battambang railway station at 10 pm
injuring four. Fifteen people suspected to be involved with the blast are
temporarily detained. This is the second time terrorists have targeted the
railway between Battambang and Sereisopoan in two months. In Feb, a bomb blast
destroyed a locomotive killing four and injuring 21.
Mar 7: Sangkat Psar Chas police arrest and charge Tim Mon, 18, for the
murder of Hi Tida, 28, a bar girl at 5:15 am. Reports say Mon's motive was to
grab the girl's gold necklace while she was walking outside her home.
Mar 8: Amateur magician Chhoeun Yoeud, 23, working in the
Battambang Military Police Unit, ties a hand grenade around his waist, pulls the
pin and kills himself at 1 pm, to see if his magic skills will protect him. The
incident occurs in Chamka Svay village, Chheu Teal commune, Banon district,
Mar 11: The National Security economic police stop a boat smuggling
14,000 liters of oil into the country from Vietnam. The boat left Vietnam on
March 6, but was stopped at Takhmao town.
Mar 12: Thou Srieng, 53, who sells shoes at the Kapko market in
Phnom Penh, and Dam Bour, 52, a porter in Koh Kong, are arrested at 10:30 am for
using counterfeit dollars. Police confiscate $20,000 fake notes. The two admit
they bought the counterfeit dollars from a Thai merchant called Srun, who
imports the fake bills for them to sell on the market.
Mar 13: An axe-wielding war veteran runs amok at the Ampe Phnom
Recreation Center, killing one man after plunging an axe through his skull. Six
war vets are involved in the fight which starts at 12:5 pm. One man is arrested
but police are still looking for the others, including the murderer.
Mar 14: Two men riding a motorcycle shoot and kill a Phnom Penh
University preparatory student and seriously wound a traffic policeman at 11:15
am in front of the Ambassador hotel, Phnom Penh. Reports say the two had just
robbed a woman.
- Summarized and translated from Khmer newspapers by Moeun Chhean