Police Blotter: 30 January 1998

Police Blotter: 30 January 1998

Jan 7: In Nak district, eight gunmen held up a householder the day before

his daughter was due to be married. All the wedding guests were robbed of clothes

and jewlery worth about seven damlung of gold.

Jan 12: Hundreds of Hun Sen Takmao high school students lead a violent

demonstration against their director who they accuse of corruption. Rasmei Kampuchea

wrote that on the morning after the flag was raised and the anthem played, the school

crew started to hang up slogans and speak and laugh on the loud speaker. But after

they heard shooting from the director's room, the non-violent demonstrators turned

violent and hit the director's car. The school representative said that they wanted

to change the director and deputies.

Jan 13: Three passengers were abducted by gunmen on Route 4 near Putria

pagoda, Kampong Speu province. The local Military Police officer said that according

to the villagers the gunmen were the same group who shot at military police attempting

to rescue Pon Peap on Jan. 12.

Jan 15: A house at Ou Bek Korm, Phnom Penh, was smashed by a group of gunmen

with a B-40 rocket following a minor traffic dispute. Sources say that a woman and

her husband were driving a motorcycle when the gunmen tried to overtake them - one

of the victims made a comment as they went past. The gunmen then followed the victims

to their home and attacked with small-arms fire. A person in the house retaliated

by shooting back with an AK-47, believing the gunmen to be robbers. The attackers

left and returned 30 minutes later with more gunmen and a rocket launcher which they

fired at the house.

Jan 16: Chen Kosal, 23, a young singer and his friend Soy Niwath, also

a singer, were arrested after shooting dead Sophearak and injuring Nem Manith, in

a karaoke shop in Toul Kok district. According to the shop's owner, Chen Kosal and

his friend attacked the victims after taking the microphone from them during a Karaoke

song. When the victims went up to complain Chen shot them.

Jan 16: Ly Bunthoeun, 38, a robber, was shot by police in an exchange of

gunfire. A witness said that Bunthoeun and his accomplice tried to escape from police

after they were surrounded in a brothel in Kampong Thom province.

Jan 17: Oun Chanthorn, 30 was shot dead by unidentified robbers in front

of Kroper Har pagoda in Takhmao town. It was reported that the robbers stopped the

victim, killed him and then made off with his motorcycle.

Jan 18: Two passengers died and eight were injured after a taxi crashed

on Route 1 in Khien Svay district. The accident happened as the driver tried to avoid

a boy who was crossing the road.

Jan 19: Nhem Chamroeun, 18, died in hospital after she fell from the merry

go-round near Bassac theater on Jan 18.

Jan 20: Keo Sophoeun, 35, a Chea Sim bodyguard, was wounded by unidentified

gunmen who shot him from a motorcycle on his way to work. The incident took place

near Svay Popai pagoda. The offenders escaped.

Jan 21: Math Lim, a policeman, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering

Sek Narin, a female policewoman, and dropping her body in Koh Chen commune in Kandal

province.

Jan 21: One person was killed and two seriously injured after a traffic

accident on Route No. 1 in Trapang Kbal Krabey, Prey Veng. The crash occured when

a taxi hit a motorcycle from behind.

Jan 21: Sakai Naoya, 37, a Japanese man, was arrested by Interpol police

and Khan Chamkarmon authorities after he tried to abduct Nepalese national Tamang

Sagar. The victim said he believed he was intended to be held for ransom.

Jan 23: Ouch Sophal, 29, a female policewoman was killed by robbers who

shot her through the neck at 2:40 pm on Sothearos Blvd near the National Assembly

when she stopped her Viva motorcycle to pick up a lottery ticket. The offenders escaped

without taking the victim's bike because when they drove off they crashed into a

car driven by a foreigner. They ran off.

Jan 23: Two robbers were killed by a mob of people and militia after they

stole Hou Seim's motorcycle in Tom Nop Kopsrauv village Russey Keo district. The

victim said that when they robbed her bike one robber drove her bike out and another

two drove behind, but the offenders' moto broke down. So she escaped and shouted

to the villagers to help her. Suddenly a crew of people arrived and killed them.

- Summarized from newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmey Kampuchea by Bou Saroeun.

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