Man Fatally Stabbed Over Alleged Rudeness

Four men on motorbikes drove up and attacked a man and his cousin while they were walking through a village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Sunday night, fatally stabbing one and seriously injuring the other, police said.

Chea Sopheap, 28, who was killed, had traveled to Phnom Penh from his home in Svay Rieng City earlier that day to visit his wife, who works in a garment factory, commune police chief Theng Kosal said on Monday.

Mr. Sopheap had met up with his cousin Sorm Visal, 24, in Pur Senchey district’s Choam Chao commune when they were approached by their attackers, whom they didn’t recognize, he added.

“The victim said he was walking with his cousin and they drove up from the borey, referring to a gated community, and told them, ‘Don’t be rude,’” Mr. Kosal said. “After that, they started attacking them.” Mr. Sopheap was stabbed twice in the back, while Mr. Visal was stabbed once in the back, he said.

Witnesses reported the assaults to commune police. The attackers were still on the run as of Monday night, Mr. Kosal said.

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