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Man attacks airport visitor with cleaver

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The suspect Keo Phirum was held at the scene. Supplied

A man who works for a transportation company was arrested yesterday after a cleaver attack on a visitor picking up his boss at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Police said Keo Phirum, 25, attacked Keo Sitha, 51, while Mr Sitha was waiting to pick up tycoon Eung Bunhoaw after a trip overseas.

Mr Sitha survived the attack and is recovering in hospital, while Mr Phirum was being questioned by police, who suspected he was mentally ill.

“We detained him at the police station now and we will be sending him to court,” said Yim Saran, police chief of Por Senchey district.

A spokesman for ING Holdings, where the victim was employed, issued a statement after the attack.

“We are obviously shocked and saddened by this savage and unprovoked attack on one of our senior staff members,” it said.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family as we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

“We will be working closely with the authorities to determine the facts behind this shocking attack and will of course pursue justice for our colleague and friend.”

The motive for the attack was unclear and police did not provide further details yesterday.

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