Injuries in three Separate Violent Robberies

Police said yesterday they were investigating three violent assaults Wednesday night, including two armed robberies, that occurred in Phnom Penh and Kampot and Kompong Cham provinces and saw several victims beaten and one seriously injured with a knife.

In Kampot province’s Chhuk district, five men were attacked at one of their homes at 8 pm Wednesday by five men armed with two AK-47 assault rifles and two handguns, said Taken commune police chief Keo Kiri.

The thieves tied the victims up and beat them with a metal pole before leaving with two motorbikes and more than $2,600 in Cambodian and US currency, said Mr Kiri, adding that none of the victims were seriously injured.

Mr Kiri said a man had been detained yesterday for questioning and was being held at provincial police headquarters.

In Prampi Makara district’s Monorom commune in Phnom Penh, a thief armed with a knife entered the third floor apartment of the victim, Ing Mils, 59, demanding her money and cutting her several times, said Yin San, the district police chief.

He said the victim is recovering at Calmette Hospital, and it is still unclear what was stolen from her home.

“We don’t know if the victim lost her belongings or money, and we do not know how many times she was cut by the offenders, because we are busy seeking suspects,” he said.

In Kompong Cham town near the provincial market at 5 pm, four gunmen robbed married gold merchants Bun Sokun, 41, and Kok Sitha Dary, 36, pistol-whipping both before leaving, said Choem Senghong, the deputy provincial police chief.

It took the victims 30 minutes before they called police, and police have no leads, he said.

“We are so sorry that the victims were slow to report to our policemen,” he said. “We are very sorry that we couldn’t arrest the gunmen on time.”

He said police are not sure how much was stolen as Ms Dary reported losing $10,000 in Cambodian currency and her husband reported losing about $36,000.

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