Two monks who were victims of an acid attack in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district have left hospital to be treated in a safer location following fears that the perpetrators are still after them.
According to a police report obtained yesterday, two unknown persons splashed acid on Venerable Seach Sal, 21 and Venerable Khun Khorn, 22, during the attack on July 2. Both suffered burns on the head, neck, face and chest.
The report said the incident happened at about 2pm along Norodom Boulevard in Chamkar Mon district’s Tonle Bassac commune while they were travelling from Wat Than pagoda to study at Preah Suramarit Buddhist high school.
Venerable Vong Braney, a classmate of Venerable Khorn, yesterday said both monks had left hospital and are still recovering from their injuries, but declined to say where they were now citing concerns over their security.
“I do not want to tell you where they are living now because the suspects will be looking for them,” he said. “I have been informed that unknown people tried to visit them while they were in hospital and that is why we are withholding information from the media.”
Tonle Bassac commune police chief Sok Sam Uth could not be reached for comment yesterday while Chamkar Mon district police chief Colonel Yin San declined to comment.
Venerable Khorn could not be reached for comment yesterday, but he posted a message to the attackers on his Facebook last week.
“What did I do to you? Why did you pour acid on me like this? I have never known you at all,” he said.