CPP Official Is Victim of Acid Attack

Ngor Srun, a CPP secretary of state at the Council of Ministers, was the victim of an acid attack Sun­day morning, according to a Phnom Penh police official and Cal­mette Hospital staff.

The attack occurred in Prampi Makara district Sunday, said Cham­kar Mon district police chief Uch Sophon. He confirmed that Ngor Srun was the victim but said he had no further details of the attack.

Prampi Makara district police of­ficials could not be reached for comment Sunday evening.

Staff members at Calmette Hos­pital, who declined to give their names, said Sunday that Ngor Srun arrived at the hospital at about 11 am with acid burns on the left side of his face, ear and chest. His wounds were cleaned, treated and bandag­ed in the emergency room over the course of about two hours, one staffer said.

“The patient’s symptoms seem fine,” the staffer said. “But with an acid attack, it is hard to predict.”

About 1 pm, Ngor Srun was moved to a private room on the third floor of the hospital’s Building A for General Medicine. There, about a half-dozen bodyguards lingered outside, and a bodyguard stood watch in front of his room.

About 10 friends and family members gathered inside Ngor Srun’s room Sunday afternoon. They declined to comment about the severity of the injuries or identify themselves as anything more than family members.

“This is a family problem,” one man said. “I want to keep it a secret.”

Another Calmette Hospital staf­fer said the family contacted a doctor in Thailand and intends to transport Ngor Srun there for treatment.

“He will be moved to Thailand this evening,” the worker said. “His family already made preparations for him.”

Details of the attack remained unclear Sunday evening. Munici­pal police chief Touch Naruth said Sunday afternoon that he had re­ceived no word of the at­tack from his subordinates, and Interior Min­istry spokesman Lieutenant Gen­eral Khieu So­pheak said he was also unaware of the attack.

Kek Galabru, president of local rights group Licadho, said updated statistics on the number of acid at­tacks were not available Sunday, but that previous Licadho investigations have shown that about the same number of women as men are victims of acid attacks in Cambodia.

 

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