Police and military police are seeking to arrest six youths who allegedly beat another group of gangsters and burned three motorbikes over a dispute in Ratanakkiri province’s Koun Mom district.
The fight happened early yesterday morning at about 12.30am in Ta Ang commune.
District police officer Keo Reuy said the wanted gangsters were aged from 17 to 20 and had four motorbikes. They used long swords and pieces of wood in the fight, he added.
The other group had at least four youths from the Kreung indigenous minority and were aged from 17 to 19.
Mr Reuy said they used long swords and pieces of wood to attack each other, which caused some of them to get slightly injured before local police intervened.
“While they were attacking each other, the gang of youths that had more members poured gasoline on the motorbikes belonging to the gangsters from the Kreung indigenous minority and burned them,” he said.
“After burning their motorbikes, they drove their motorbikes and fled from the place,” he added. “The fire completely destroyed two motorbikes.”
Mr Reuy said local police forces arrived after the fight and caught four Kreung youths for questioning. They also took some swords and wood as evidence for further investigation. Three of the youths were later released yesterday after they were educated and signed a contract with police, added Mr Reuy.
Major General Nguon Koeun, police chief in Ratanakkiri province, said police had yet to determine the suspects’ identities.
He added that police were working hard to arrest them so they could be punished.