Two More Boat Hijacking Suspects Arrested

Military police have arrested two more suspects in last week’s tour boat hijacking on the Tonle Sap river and are searching the provinces for four more, police said Sunday.

Prach Thol, 21, was arrested at his home in Stung Trang district, Kompong Cham province Sat­urday afternoon, said Vong Pis­eth, deputy commander of nat­ional military police.

The other suspect, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested Sunday morning in Phnom Penh, he said.

The men were arrested in connection with the daylight robbery of a Chann Na Co tour boat bound for Siem Reap, in which passengers were bound, gagged and robbed of money, telephones, cameras and more by seven men.

The first suspect in the case, an RCAF engineer, was arrested Wednesday. Police said he gave them the identities of the other six suspects.

Police had been focusing their search for those men on Phnom Penh, but they now believe the remaining four suspects are spreading out. “We are on the way to arrest all of them,” Vong Piseth said. “But they are running far away.”

Police believe at least five of the suspects were students at the same Phnom Penh private school, Vong Piseth said, but asked that the school not be named until all the suspects are apprehended.

Choam Phal, an RCAF engineer arrested last week, was found with thousands of dollars in money and equipment.

Police would not say whether the two suspects nabbed over the weekend were carrying any booty.



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