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Teacher gunned down in Phnom Penh

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Police are currently looking to identify a person suspected of murdering a high school teacher in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Tuesday.

The incident took place at about midnight on a quiet road in Khmuonh commune in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

Captain Chuon Savuth, a district penal police officer, identified the victim as Roeun Ratana, 33, a teacher who taught at Tuol Prasath High School. The victim had a wife and two kids and lived in Sen Sok V village in Sen Sok district’s Khmuonh commune.

Cap Savuth said the victim was shot three times on his stomach and that his body was found near his motorbike in Khmuonh commune.

He noted that a witness, who lived nearby the scene of the crime, told him the victim was driving on his motorbike alone that evening.

“While the victim was driving on his motorbike, an unidentified person who was driving on a separate motorbike, chased after him, fired three bullets at the victim, which killed the victim on the spot,” Cap Savuth said.

“After shooting, the suspect drove his motorbike and fled,” he added.

Cap Savuth said commune police officers patrolling nearby heard the shooting and headed to the location. He added that the suspect had already left when police arrived.

Colonel Hour Mengvang, Sen Sok district police chief, yesterday said police are treating the incident as a murder case and confirmed that they have not yet identified a suspect.

“Until now, police have not found a motive behind the shooting,” Col Mengvang said. “But this is a murder case.”

“Police are working hard on this case,” he added.

Col Mengvang said the victim’s body has been handed over to his family for a funeral.

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