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Couple shot dead over land dispute

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An Ol and her husband were shot dead in Mondulkiri province. Mekong News

Police in Mondulkiri province yesterday arrested a woman suspected of killing her neighbours over a land dispute in Koh Nhek district’s Rovak village.

The murders took place on Saturday evening.

The victims were identified as Ra, 37, and his wife An Ol, 34, in a report on the National Police website. It noted that they were both farmers.

It noted that Yeay An was arrested over the murders yesterday in the district’s Royor village.

“The victims had a land dispute with the suspect, who was their neighbour,” it said. “The conflict led the suspect to use a gun to kill the victims.”

According to another National Police report, a bullet hit Mr Ra in his left rib cage and exited on the right side. He died at the scene on Saturday.

The report added that Ms Ol was shot twice, once in her hip and once in her chest. She died on her way to the provincial referral hospital.

It noted the suspect fled the village after shooting the couple.

“Yeay An, a farmer who lived in the same village as the victims, fled after committing the crime,” the report said. “The reason for the shooting is related to a land dispute.”

“Provincial police’s crime bureau is cooperating with district police and district military police to identify and apprehend other suspects,” it added.

Brigadier General So Sovann, chief of the provincial general crime department, yesterday said police are mulling the possibility of more suspects because the feud involved two families.

“After the suspect had an argument with the victims’ family, suspects brought out an AK-47 rifle they had hid inside a forest and killed the victims,” he said. “I can confirm that this case is related to a long-standing dispute over land between the suspect and the victims.”

“We are dividing our forces into two groups, one to hunt the suspects and one to search for evidence at the scene,” Brig Gen Sovann said.

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