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Teens Arrested After Taking Air Gun to School

Two 17-year-old high school students were arrested Saturday in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district after police found one of them carrying an air gun...

Drug Busts, Arrests Spike In 2015

The number of drug cases and people arrested for drug crimes in 2015 more than doubled year-on-year, while the volume of drugs seized shot up 18-fold, according to police.

Judge Charges Teenager Over Triple Machete Murder

A teenager who was recaptured on Monday after managing to escape from the Siem Reap provincial police station, where he was being held for killing three boys with a machete, was charged with premeditated murder on Tuesday.

Teen Accused Of Murder Recaptured After Escape

A teenager who was arrested on Saturday for allegedly murdering three boys with a machete in rural Siem Reap province escaped from a holding cell at the provincial police headquarters in his underwear early on Monday morning—only to be recaptured in the evening.

Three Boys on Motorbike Hacked to Death With Machete

Two teenagers and an 8-year-old boy were brutally hacked to death with a machete while riding a motorbike in remote Siem Reap province on Saturday, in what police said on Sunday was a case of revenge and robbery.

Court Releases Men in Fake Statues Case

Kompong Thom provincial court officials released three men on Wednesday who were arrested on Monday with seven statues that were thought to be stolen ancient relics, but turned out to be fakes, officials said.

Sting Targeting Ancient Statue Dealers Winds Up With Fakes

Police in Kompong Thom province on Monday arrested three men in a sting targeting sellers of looted, ancient statues, only to find that seven statues seized in the operation were in fact worthless copies of Buddhist artifacts, officials said.

Cart-Puller’s Wife Quizzed Over Clash

In an apparent case of mistaken identity, the wife of a handcart-puller who was beaten and seriously injured by military police during protests in Poipet City in May was on Tuesday questioned at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court over property damage allegedly caused by another woman.

Seized Wood Nears End of 120-km Trip

After more than a week traveling along remote forest trails in eastern Mondolkiri province, police and forestry officials transporting 30 large pieces of valuable timber seized from Vietnamese loggers earlier this month are expected to reach the end of their 120-km journey today, an official said.

Two Workers Dead After Electrical Pole Snaps in Half

A young man and a teenager died instantly on Saturday when the electricity pole they were working on in Mondolkiri province broke in half, according to police.

Police Raid Brothel, Free Seven Girls

A group of seven Vietnamese and Cambodian girls were freed during a raid on a brothel in Battambang province on Wednesday night in which three suspected brokers were arrested, according to anti-human trafficking police.

One Charged Over Deadly Robbery of Wing Owner

A 30-year-old man was charged by Pursat Provincial Court On Thursday in connection with a deadly armed robbery earlier this month, an official said On Thursday. Khan Chanthim, 31, who operated a Wing mobile payment kiosk out of her home in Phnom Kravanh district’s Phteah Rong commune, was shot dead by four masked gunmen on December 13.

Chinese Kidnapper May Still Be in Cambodia

The leader of a group of six Chinese nationals who were charged on Monday with kidnapping and illegally detaining three Chinese businessmen did not flee to his home country as previously thought, and may still be in Cambodia, a military police official said on Wednesday.

Guesthouse Guard on the Run After Murder by Chair Leg

A guard at a guesthouse in central Phnom Penh is on the run after beating his colleague to death with a wooden chair leg in their shared bedroom on Monday morning, according to police and the family that owns the guesthouse.

Police Officer Killed During Chase of Timber-Filled Truck

A police officer was killed and a second badly injured in Phnom Penh on Saturday night after their motorbike was intentionally rear-ended while they were in pursuit of a truck loaded with valuable timber, officials said Sunday.

Kompong Speu Clerk Latest Fatality in Nationwide Violent Crime Wave

A commune clerk was killed during a brazen armed robbery at a market in Kompong Speu province on Saturday morning, according to police, the latest in a string of similar crimes across the country.

Thai Forces Cut Open Gate to Preah Vihear Temple

A team of mixed Thai forces on Thursday cut open a gate leading to Preah Vihear temple that had been locked since fighting be tween Cambodian and Thai soldiers ceased in 2011, according to soldiers and the defense minister, who attempted to play down the act.

Seventh Chinese Man Arrested for Kidnapping

Military police in Phnom Penh on Wednesday arrested a seventh suspect in the kidnapping of three Chinese men freed on Monday from their captors, who had detained them for two months in a bid to make them pay back loans with the help of their relatives in China.

Police Free Chinese Captives, Arrest Kidnappers

Military police in Phnom Penh on Monday freed three Chinese businessmen who were kidnapped two months ago and arrested their six captors, also Chinese nationals, who were attempting to extort money from the trio’s relatives back in China, an official said on Tuesday.

Suspects in Brutal Murder of Lotus Farmer at Large

Police in Prey Veng province say that three men suspected of hacking a farmer to death in Kompong Leav district on Monday may have fled to Thailand, an official said on Tuesday. Heng Touch, 30, was attacked while tending to his lotus farm in Kompong Russei commune on Monday evening, according to district police chief Oung Phan.