4 Gunmen Kill Guard, Steal Factory’s Payroll

Four gunmen killed a man and stole about $60,000 in factory worker salaries Tuesday near the military market on Phnom Penh’s Russian Boule­vard.

According to the police report, the owner of Gennon Cambodia Gar­ment Manufacturing Ltd had picked up his workers’ payroll from the Union Commercial Bank.

He and his entourage—in­cluding his driver, accountant and five bodyguards—arrived safely at the Gennon factory in Tuk Thlar commune, Russei Keo district, where they divided the payroll.

One bodyguard and a driver then continued to deliver $59,285 to the Ming Hay Cambodia Ma­nu­facturing Ltd—a Gennon subsidiary—in Kakab commune, Dang­kao district.

About halfway there, four gunmen pulled alongside the vehicle on two motorbikes and stop­ped the vehicle by shooting out a tire. Then they shot the bodyguard—former military policeman Nga Soknam Heng, 35—in the head and drove away with the cash.

Driver Sorn Soun, 47, told police that the robbers carried two handguns and one AK-47 assault rifle. Municipal police said they are holding him for questioning.

“Now our policemen are conducting the investigation. We are working hard to find the killers. The suspects are not yet known,” Municipal Penal Police Chief Reach Sokhum said.

Jacky Mau, Gennon’s owner, said only that he is worried about the whereabouts of his money.

A Ming Hay representative declined to comment on the incident or how it might affect em­ployees.

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