Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Shooting near office of journalism group probed

Shooting near office of journalism group probed

An exterior view of the Federation of Cambodia Journalists' office in Phnom Penh, where the shooting spree took place on Friday.
An exterior view of the Federation of Cambodia Journalists' office in Phnom Penh, where the shooting spree took place on Friday. Hong Menea

Shooting near office of journalism group probed

Police in Phnom Penh said yesterday that they are searching for a person who on Friday fired 10 shots into the air near the offices of the Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia, headed by a prominent Interior Ministry official.

Daun Penh Police Chief Huot Chanyaran said the police were investigating the shooting, which also took place near a nightclub. “We don’t know the cause of firing shots in the air,” Chanyaran said.

Chaktomuk Commune Police Chief Chuob Sokun said a licence plate on a car driven by the shooter identified the owner as Touch Bopheap, but when police went to his registered address in Preah Sihanouk province nobody by that name lived at the residence.

“It happened near a nightclub, just a street away from the journalists union,” he added. “We don’t know the cause.”

Huy Vannak, founder and head of the Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia, an undersecretary of state at the Interior Ministry and editor at the Cambodian News Channel, could not be reached.

However, his deputy, Nob Channarin, said he did not think the shooting was linked to the union. “From the information that we got, it was shooting in the air,” he said. “Nothing linked to the federation.”

According to Fresh News, a government-aligned media outlet, Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Choun Sovann said he had received orders to arrest the suspect.

“I received orders from [National Police Chief] General Neth Savoeun to search and ultimately arrest no matter where he goes, no exception,” Sovann was quoted saying.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’