Three Vietnamese nationals were arrested in Sihanoukville on Wednesday afternoon for kidnapping two 34-year-old Vietnamese men and demanding a $7,000 ransom from each of their families after luring them across the border on the pretense of a gambling trip, police said.
The kidnappers were busted in a joint operation by Sihanoukville and Kampot provincial police following a complaint by the father of one of the victims, who alerted authorities when one of the kidnappers contacted him and told him to bring the ransom money to a location in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune, said Kong Sokhorn, chief of the Kampot police’s serious crime bureau.
“The kidnappers detained the victims and called the victims’ families demanding $7,000 each,” he said.
Nuov Savuth, chief of the Preah Sihanouk serious crime bureau, said the victims were being held in rooms at rental houses in two separate locations, guarded by the suspects.
Vo Phan Nong was rescued at a house in Pi commune and had been detained for one week, while Dong Minh Tieng was discovered at a house in Bei commune, where he had been held for the past 23 days, Mr. Savuth said.
The suspects have been sent to the Kampot provincial police station, where they will be questioned Thursday.
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