Updated: Two Police​ Officers Killed in Kandal Drug Bust Shoot-Out

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Kandal police pay tribute to officers killed on April 21, 2022. (Kandal police Facebook)

Kandal provincial authorities said two police officers were killed and another injured in a shoot-out during a drug bust in the province on Thursday.

Ang Snuol district police chief Mean Samnang told VOD the two police officers killed were Tuol Prich commune police chief Chuch Sophea and Ang Snuol district drug police officer Rim Sophanna.

Tuol Pich commune police officer Vorn Ruthy was also injured.

Samnang said drug traffickers had opened fire during a crackdown in the commune on Thursday based on arrest warrants from the court.

Two suspects, including the killer, were arrested, he said, adding that they were also seriously injured in the firefight.

On Friday, the district police’s serious crimes department head, Svay Phalla, said one of the arrested suspects had died.

In addition to the surviving suspect in custody, five further accomplices had escaped and were being tracked by police, Phalla said.

“I am now searching for five other accomplices,” he said.

Phalla said the shooting incident in Ang Snoul district had resulted from the officers mistakenly thinking that the perpetrators had no weapons at hand during the crackdown.

“We had believed that they did not have weapons, but they fired back at our authorities,” he said. “They had weapons, swords, everything.”

Updated at 3:40 p.m. with information from Svay Phalla.

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