Blast Injures Children at Union Activist’s Home

Kandal province police are in­vestigating an explosion outside the home of a union activist that critically injured two of her children, police said Sunday.

Siblings Tha Sotheara, 8, and Tha Vichey, 3, were playing in the garden at around 5 pm Saturday when the explosion was triggered, said their mother, Siem Sokheang.

They are being treated at a Phnom Penh hospital, she added.

Siem Sokheang is an activist for the Free Trade Union at the L&A garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district.

“My eldest daughter tried to push her young brother away… but [he was injured anyway]. I am very sorry that they are suffering instead of me,” she said. “The [ex­plosive] was planted by someone to attack me.”

Siem Sokheang said she had re­cently been involved in a dispute with a rival union that is also active at the L&A garment factory.

Kien Savy district police Chief Maing Pich said police had not yet established whether the explosion was a planned attack or caused by a bomb leftover from the war. “We are investigating the matter,” he said.

FTU President Chea Mony also would not speculate whether the blast was related to Siem Sok­heang’s union activities, but he urged authorities to thoroughly investigate the case.


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