Military Police Shoot Man Outside Motion Nightclub

A military police officer armed with an AK-47 shot a man in the torso outside a Phnom Penh nightclub early Sunday, according to the National Police website.

Kong Visal, 27, was shot while leaving the Motion club in Meanchey district after an argument broke out, the website says. It names three military police officers as suspects: Mut Ravy, Khim Samoeun and Lim Tola.

The three had chased Mr. Visal before one shot him, with the bullet entering near his right hip and exiting the left of his stomach, it says.

A local police officer who asked not be named for fear of retribution said the shooting occurred about 100 meters from the club and that the victim is now at Calmette Hospital.

“When police arrived, all the suspects had escaped the scene and the club closed its doors.

The suspects may have been hired to guard the club,” he said.

National military police spokesman Kheng Tito denied that military police had been moonlighting as security guards, but said he supported an investigation into the shooting.

“If there is a crime, no matter where you are from, we have to seek and arrest the perpetrators and bring them to trial,” he said.

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