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Cambodian police launch probe into killing spree

THE STAR – Five people were killed and another boy seriously injured following a violent rampage by an unidentified man in Pou Chrei commune’s Me Pai village of Mondulkiri province’s Pech Chreada district.

Provincial deputy police chief So Sovann said the five murders had occurred on February 1.

The case was now being investigated by the police, but they had not yet drawn any strong conclusions.

“According to preliminary investigations, we suspect that spite may have been the motive, but we have yet to identify a suspect. When we examined the victims, we found that they had all been beaten with a blunt object,” he said.

Sen Monorom town Deputy Police Chief Cheng Mab identified four of the dead as Moth Krak, 45, his wife Nich Srey, 41, their sons Krak Ny and Krak Ly, aged five and 15. The fifth was Nuon Sam Ath, the 15-year-old son of another family in the village.

The injured boy, Krak Si, who is the 12-year-old son of Krak and Srey, was knocked unconscious. The police chief noted that the family lived in Sen Monorom town but had recently moved to the district.

He said that before the incident, another son of the couple who lived in Sen Monorom town called his father around noon, but it went unanswered. The boy then went to visit the family, but discovered that the house was empty.

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