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Preah Sihanouk provincial police yesterday arrested two Chinese nationals suspected of fatally shooting a countryman in Sihanoukville.
Major General Chuon Narin, provincial police chief, said that the shooting took place at about 3.30pm yesterday in front of a hotel in Buon commune.
“We arrested the two Chinese nationals over the murder,” he said. “They are now being questioned at the provincial police headquarters.”
Maj Gen Narin declined to name the suspects or the victim because investigations were ongoing.
CCTV footage from the hotel showed the suspects in a SUV stopping and throwing the victim’s body outside after he had been shot. They then drove off.
Last year, after a spike in crimes following a huge influx of Chinese nationals, Interior Minister Sar Kheng assigned four main units under the ministry to set up a support team to restore security in Preah Sihanouk province.
Speaking during an event at the Interior Ministry in September, Mr Kheng said the four units include the General Department of Administration, the National Police, General Department of Immigration, and legal experts.
He noted that the team is tasked with providing additional support to provincial authorities in cracking down on crimes.
Mr Kheng noted that the crimes plaguing Sihanoukville include murder, drug trafficking and gambling, which has led to extortion and kidnapping cases.