7 Injured in Grenade Attack by ‘Gambling Loser’

Three people were seriously in­jured and four others slightly wound­ed in a grenade attack on a group of gamblers in Kompong Cham province late Wednesday evening, police said Friday.

Police suspect the attack was carried out by an RCAF soldier who was reportedly angered after a dispute over how to play a dice game, said Kompong Siem district police Chief Tor Chan. Police are searching for soldier Vong Pum, 37.

“It was caused by a gambling loser,” Tor Chan said. “[The suspect] might be arrested soon,” he said.

Police said the suspect threw the grenade into the home of Saing Than, 54, in Srak commune’s Tamao village, where Vong Pum and the others had been gambling before the soldier abruptly left in a rage.

Police did not know how much money Vong Pum lost. They be­lieve Vong Pum is armed, as his M-16 rifle which he kept at his home went missing after the suspect ran away.

Meanwhile, police in Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district are still searching for suspects in an April 25 grenade at­tack.

Two unidentified men threw a grenade into the home of Nuon Cham­­roeun, 49, in Tuol Pongror com­mune’s Santepheap village around 8:45 am, Banteay Mean­chey police Chief Ath Khem said Fri­day. No one was hurt in the at­tack.

He said police believe that grenade was thrown in revenge over a land dispute.

Separately, two boys were killed and two other children seriously injured when a war-era bomb exploded Wednesday afternoon in Kratie province’s Snuol district, district police Chief Huon Chhuon said Friday.

Ror Vanny, 13, and Tam Na­him, 8, were killed when they, along with about a dozen children, tried to knock open the bomb they discovered.


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