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Three arrested over brutal couple killing

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
A husband and wife were shot dead and robbed by the killers in front of their 12-year-old son. Supplied

Kampong Thom provincial police have made three arrests over the brutal shooting murder and robbery of a husband and wife in front of their 12-year-old son and 15-year-old niece.

Provincial police chief Ouk Kosal identified the suspects as Ear Puon, 43, Bun Rong, 26, and Bun Chantha, 24, all rubber plantation workers in Kampong Cham province.

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.

The victims had been driving home from their plantation in Kraya commune with their son and niece when they were ambushed by four armed men at a quiet spot on Sunday.

Two of the suspects entered the vehicle and shot the victims, killing them immediately.

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, police said.

The son and the niece were later rescued by local police.

“The suspects are now detained for questioning and further investigation at the provincial police office,” Mr Kosal added. “Police are still working on this case.”

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