PM issues US security warning

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Prime Minister Hun Sen warns Cambodians living in the US to be careful of gun violence. Supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on Cambodians living in America to be mindful of their security following the deadliest mass shooting on US soil in modern history.

His message came after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Stephen Paddock, 64, killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 before turning a weapon on himself. Police recovered 23 guns from the shooter’s Las Vegas hotel room and another 19 from his home.

Speaking to more than 15,000 garment workers in Phnom Penh, Mr Hun Sen said the security situation in the US was unstable and gun attacks could occur at any time.

“I would like to appeal to all Khmer people living there to be more vigilant of security issues in the US,” he said.

“We also don’t know if any Cambodians were there,” he added, referring to the country music festival where the attack took place.

The US embassy last month issued a travel warning for Cambodia, urging all US citizens in the country to exercise caution since “demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence without warning”.

Mr Hun Sen said the warning issued by the embassy was in stark contrast to the reality facing the US.

“The ambassador urged US citizens travelling to Cambodia to be cautious about security. However, no security breech has taken place in Cambodia, while this tragedy has happened in the US,” he said.

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