Woman Dies After Grenade Attack at Wedding

A 63-year-old woman and 10 others were seriously injured after a man threw a grenade into the middle of a wedding party on Saturday night, shortly after guests at the event had sat down to eat, police said.

Kampot provincial penal police chief Kong Sokhorn said that Nuon Touch, 33, was arrested on Sunday under suspicion of lobbing the grenade.

“We arrested the suspect after receiving information from witnesses at the wedding party,” he said.

Mr. Sokhorn said that Ly Sreang, 63, died on Saturday at the Angkor Chey district referral hospital due to massive blood loss and severe injuries to her legs, while the 10 others injured in the explosion were sent to the Takeo provincial hospital and Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh.

“Both her legs were destroyed in the blast,” he said referring to Ly Sreang.

He added that the suspect’s estranged wife—who earlier this year filed to divorce her husband—had a family connection with the married couple.

“The suspect was kicked out of his home twice for gambling, once in 2004 for three months and again in February this year,” the police chief said.

District deputy police chief Horn Bunsideth said questioning of Mr. Touch would continue today before sending him to the court to be charged.

Grenade attacks are a not an uncommon occurrence at parties and in public spaces in Cambodia. In August, four people were injured in Banteay Meanchey province after a grenade was lobbed among revelers at a party in Mongkol Borei district.

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