Two Murdered Within Hours in Phnom Penh

Two men were murdered hours apart in separate shooting and stabbing incidents in Phnom Penh on Friday night and early Saturday morning, police reported.

The first incident, on Friday evening, occurred when taxi driver Sun Vanthy, 37, was stabbed by two clients after they picked up his Choice Taxi cab in Tuol Kok district.

During the ride, the three got into an argument. One of the men grabbed Mr. Vanthy by his collar and held him against the seat as the other man stabbed him with a rasp three or four times.

Mr. Vanthy died after being taken to Calmette Hospital.

Phnom Penh penal police chief Eng Sophea said police are still looking for both men and trying to determine the motive for the crime, as nothing was stolen from the car.

“Police are investigating in order to arrest the suspect,” said Mr. Sophea. “I think that it is not a robbery and it looks like revenge.”

Three Choice Taxi drivers, including Mr. Vanthy, have been attacked by clients in the last three months, said the company’s manager, Kong Sarath.

Police are continuing their investigation and planning to check video footage of the shop where the suspects hailed the cab.

“There are no clues about the suspects but police are still working to find them,” said Boeng Kak I commune police chief Ham Kar.

Hours later, early Saturday morning, three men were shot by a gunman outside the Ministry of Information in Srah Chak commune.

Vann Sotheara, 26, died at the hospital. Thay Meng, 27, and Huot Rady, 27, were injured, but survived.

“Police are questioning the witness and the victim,” said Kann Vannak, Srah Chak commune police chief.

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