Taxi Driver Shot in the Face by Robbers in Takeo

A 48-year-old taxi driver was shot in the face on Tuesday during a robbery in Takeo province, police said.

According to Traing district police chief Seang Maly, the taxi driver, Tep Phalla, was hired to take three men on a round trip between Kampot and Phnom Penh for $50.

At about 6 p.m., when the taxi was near Takeo province’s Phnom Den mountain, the three men attempted to rob Mr. Phalla and one of them shot him in the face.

“One man used a pistol, shooting the victim from behind and…through his right jaw,” Mr. Maly said.

“He was not seriously injured,” he added.

The victim ran from the car and was fired at two more times before escaping to safety, Mr. Maly said, adding that the robbers made off with the taxi, a 2003 Toyota Camry.

“I think the suspects are not people who live in Takeo and we will arrest them soon,” Mr. Maly said.

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