Ministry Official Shot Dead in Capital Drive-By

An official in the Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Phnom Penh on Saturday night as he was heading home alone from a wedding, police said on Sunday.

The victim was identified as Soeun Phanit, 28, a deputy director of an office in the ministry. He was “shot three times on the left side of his body,” according to Yim Saran, Pur Senchey district police chief.

Witnesses reported two suspects on a motorbike who shot through the car driver’s window and then sped off, according to Mr. Saran. On its news website, KBN-Live posted photographs allegedly of Soeun Phanit slumped at the wheel of his silver Toyota.

Mr. Saran added that officers suspected the motive was revenge over a dispute, because the victim was found in his car and nothing was stolen. Kakab commune police chief San Pet said that Soeun Phanit was leaving a wedding reception on Koh Pich island and had almost reached his home when the shooting took place.

He added that police are still investigating and did not have any clues or suspects yet.

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