Man Brutally Killed Protecting Cassava, Police Say

A guard at a cassava farm was shot and hacked to death Monday night in Pursat province in what police suspect was retaliation for not allowing local farmers to graze their cattle on the plantation, an official said Wednesday.

At about 9 p.m. Monday, locals heard gunfire in Krakor district’s Tnort Chum commune and shortly after found the body of Siek Sin, 24, an employee of Pheapimex Co., according to Em Ron, Krakor district police chief.

“He was shot in the jaw and hit with an ax in his teeth and head,” he said.

“He died immediately at the scene.” Mr. Ron added that police also found an ax and two bullet casings near the body of Siek Sin, who comes from Prey Veng province and has worked at Pheapimex for about a month.

“We believe this was revenge because he might have problems with the owners of cows or buffalo; he stops cows and buffalo from coming to eat the cassava,” Mr. Ron said, adding that police had not yet identified a suspect.

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