Gold Seller Killed in Armed Robbery Gone Wrong

A gold seller was killed during an attempted robbery in Kompong Speu province on Friday night after his shouts for help spooked three armed men who fled empty-handed, police said on Sunday.

Forty-year-old Ty Choeun, a gold seller in Toutout market in Oral district, was relaxing with family at his house in Sangke Satoap commune at 8 p.m. when three armed men burst in and demanded money and gold, said district military police commander Saom Puthdara.

“After he yelled for help from neighbors, the gunmen were scared and one of them fired his gun as they fled into a nearby sugar plantation,” Mr. Puthdara said.

The three men were wearing masks and caps, with two carrying assault rifles and the third with a pistol, he said, adding that three bullets had been fired from an AK-47, at least one of which struck the victim in the stomach.

Mr. Puthdara said the victim died at a local clinic shortly after the attack, and that military police had not identified any suspects.

In December, two men armed with AK-47s stole about 750 grams of platinum and gold jewelry from a shop at Talat market in neighboring Phnom Sruoch district, shooting and killing a commune clerk who tried to intervene.

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