A 34-year-old farmer and alleged sorcerer was shot and seriously injured on Tuesday as he sat in front of his house in Preah Vihear province on the Cambodian-Thai border.
Se Savuth, who has a wife and two children, was shot five times in Yeang commune’s Choam Sre village.
Veng Sakhon, deputy chief of Yeang commune police, said that according to the victim and a police investigation, on the night of the attempted murder Mr Savuth was sitting alone smoking a cigarette in front of his house while his wife and children were watching TV inside.
An identified man with a homemade gun then walked toward him.
“The suspect took the gun and fired five bullets at him, seriously wounding him on the hands, neck and the left of his jaw, ” Mr Sakhon said. “After shooting the victim, the man fled with the gun into the jungle.”
After hearing the shooting, the victim’s wife came out of the house and saw the victim. She shouted loudly for help.
“The neighbours arrived and immediately reported it to the local police, ” Mr Sakhon said.
Police sent the victim to the provincial referral hospital, but due to the seriousness of his injuries, the victim was later sent to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh for emergency treatment.
Mr Savuth survived the attack but was still staying at the hospital last night.
Choam Ksan district police chief Dam Yin said that according to a police investigation, the attack was sparked by rancour between the victim and the suspect.
He said that Mr Savuth had been accused by villagers of being a sorcerer who used magic on many villagers. In 2017, the father of the victim was shot dead by a gunman after also being accused of sorcery by villagers. So far, the killer has not been identified.
“The suspect tried to kill Mr Savuth because he has been accused by villagers of being a sorcerer,” Mr Sakhon said. He said police were working hard to hunt down the gunman to bring him to justice.