Bomb Explodes Outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court, No Injuries

A bomb exploded at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, shattering the window of a nearby bank, but causing no injuries, police officials said.

Pol Davy, deputy chief of the municipal military police, said that an investigation into the case was ongoing but that no suspects or clues as to why the bomb exploded had yet been found.

A military officer walks past the site of Wednesday morning's bomb explosion outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Street 213. No one was injured in the blast. (Siv Channa)
A bomb disposal officer walks past the site of Wednesday morning’s explosion outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Street 213. No one was injured in the blast. (Siv Channa)

“Shrapnel flew into and de­stroyed the wall of glass on the first floor of the Acleda Bank building across [from the site of the explosion] on Street 213, but the bomb exploded at night so no one got hurt,” said Mr. Davy.

Ouk Say Seila, deputy chief of the Interior Ministry’s anti-terrorism department, said the investigation into the blast was being led by the ministry’s internal security department.

According to local police reports, the shrapnel from the bomb resembled a mortar shell and damaged a metal door near the blast. The wall next to the site of the blast was covered in black soot Wednesday, and a metal fence was also damaged.

“The bomb blast that occurred in the early morning at 1:10 a.m. at the fence of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court adjacent to the electricity station on Street 213 was created by an unknown person,” said the police report written by Veal Veng commune police chief Mok Borunchorsak.

The report adds that shrapnel, a plastic bottle and a MobiTel sim card were collected as evidence from the site of the explosion.

“According to five people who live in the houses next door to the place where the bomb exploded, the blast made a big sound…but nobody was hurt by the blast,” the report says.

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