Man Attacks Wife, Police With Machete in Svay Rieng

A man was arrested in Svay Rieng province on Sunday for attacking his wife with a machete before turning on a pair of police officers who arrived to ap­prehend him, officials said Monday.

Khim Lai, chief of the provincial po­lice’s serious crimes bureau, said Ky Sarun, 46, attacked his wife, Man Samoeun, 47, at their home in Svay Chrum district’s Chhoeuteal commune at about 3:30 p.m., slicing the woman from her ear to her mouth.

“He was jealous and drunk, then he attacked his wife with the machete,” Mr. Lai said. He did not say why the man had felt jealous.

When two police officers arrived on a motorbike at about 4 p.m., they attempted to apprehend the suspect by driving directly at him, according to Mr. Lai.

But the suspect dodged the motorbike and attacked the officers, he said, seriously injuring commune police chief Im Nhean with blows to the neck and shoulder and hitting another commune police officer, Nov Phalla, in the leg.

“The police officers were being careless—that’s why the suspect was able to hack them,” Mr. Lai said, adding that Ms. Samoeun and Mr. Nhean were sent to a hospital in Phnom Penh due to the seriousness of their wounds, while Mr. Phalla was treated at a local clinic.

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