National Police chief Neth Savoeun and other senior police officials have sent letters of condolence to the families of two officers, Chuch Sophea and Rim Sophanna, who were killed in a drug bust on April 21 in Tuol Prich commune of Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district.

In his letter dated April 21, Savoeun said: “We are saddened by the loss of Major Chuch Sophea and First Lieutenant Rim Sophanna in the anti-drug operation. The two officers' devotion and sacrifice proved their heroism and earned praises from all levels of the National Police and from the Cambodian general public as a whole.”

Mak Chito, deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug department, also expressed sadness and shared his sorrow with the families of the two officers.

He said they had devoted their lives for social security and order, especially to combating drug crime which is a big concern in the country, noting that First Lieutenant Sophanna had just got married three months ago.

Chito also wished a fast recovery for other officers who got injured in the drug bust.

Kandal provincial police chief Chhoeun Sochet also shared his condolences, while noting that some of the suspects had been arrested right after the fatal operation.