Police in Kampong Thom province are seeking the arrest of four armed robbers who shot dead a husband and wife in their car on Saturday, making off with more than $50,000 worth of cash and jewellery.
Un Sophal, deputy chief of the provincial major crimes police unit, said the attack took place at about 9.30pm in Santhuk District.
He identified the victims as Soeung Bronh, 41, and his wife Ly Chantheoun, 38.
Mr Bronh was a businessman and the owner of a rubber plantation in the province.
Mr Sophal said the victims had been driving home from their rubber plantation in Kraya commune with their 12-year-old-son and 15-year-old niece in the car when they were ambushed by four armed men at a quiet spot.
“Two of the suspects entered the vehicle and shot the victims, killing them immediately,” he said. “The son and the niece cried out and the suspects threatened to kill them too. The suspects then fled with money and jewellery worth more than $50,000.”
He said the son and the niece were later rescued by local police.
Ouk Kosal, chief of Kampong Thom provincial police, yesterday said that officers did not yet know the identity of the suspects.
“Our police are working hard in order to arrest them and punish them according to the law,” he said.