Two groups of construction workers clashed with each other yesterday in Preah Sihanouk province’s Sihanoukville, with two men left seriously injured.
The fighting took place at about 1am yesterday at a building construction site.
It involved two groups, one of 15 workers and the other of seven.
Kong Chantheon, a provincial police officer, said the group of 15 instigated the fight.
Both groups were drinking beer on the construction site in different locations that night, and ended up having an argument.
The group of 15 seized weapons, sticks and steel rods, and attacked the smaller group, who did not have any weapons and fought back using only their bare hands.
The group of seven tried to flee, but two of them were caught and severely beaten. They suffered serious injuries to the head, legs and hands.
“We arrested them and seized 13 pieces of steel, three pieces of wood, and five motorbikes from them,” Mr Chantheon said.
The two victims were sent to the provincial hospital for treatment. Their lives are not in danger.
Mr Chantheon said the 15 suspects were detained for questioning at provincial police headquarters.
They were preliminarily accused of intentional acts of violence under aggravating circumstances.
They will be sent to provincial court for questioning today.