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Boy killed in Kampong Thom hunting accident

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The rifle that was discharged accidentally. Koh Santepheap

A 13-year-old boy on Tuesday was shot dead in a hunting accident in Kampong Thom province’s Kampong Svay district.

Colonel Khen Chhun Kour, district police chief, yesterday identified the victim as Moeng Re from Tbeng commune’s Phlorng village.

He said the boy had gone to shoot fish and hunt for wild animals with three siblings from the village.

Col Chhun Kour noted that the victim was carrying an air rifle and went to a cashew farm to catch fish and hunt for other animals.

He said when they arrived, the victim saw a fish and passed the rifle to his brother to hold while he caught it.

Col Chhun Kour said that while the brother was slinging the rifle on his shoulder, he accidentally pulled the trigger and shot the victim in the back of the head.

“After the incident, the victim was ferried to a hospital by villagers,” he said. “However, because the injury was serious, he died on the way.”

Col Chhun Kour said that authorities have advised the public on the dangers of using homemade guns and often remind them that these are banned. He noted that some people disregard the advice and still use homemade air rifles to hunt.

In July, a man was also killed during a hunting accident in the province’s Prasat Balangk district.

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