Boy Shot Dead During Attempted Motorbike Robbery

Police in Kampot province are searching for two men who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy with an assault rifle after attempting to steal his brother’s motorbike on Sunday, an official said.

The shooting took place while Sek Sok Mean, 15, was driving his brother Sek Sok Kea, 13, and two teenage friends on his 2015 Honda Dream motorbike after a party at a pagoda in Chhuk district’s Kraing Snay commune, according to deputy commune police chief Sok Doeun.

As the boys were driving toward their village shortly after midnight, Mr. Doeun said, two men in their 30s standing on the roadside shouted at them to stop.

“But the driver kept driving and the robbers shot them from behind,” he said, adding that the victims were hit by a single round from an AK-47 rifle.

The bullet grazed one of the friends’ arms before piercing Sek Sok Kea’s upper back and then hitting Sok Mean, Mr. Doeun said.

The police official said Sok Mean drove another 150 meters before dropping his motorbike and crying for help as the robbers fled the scene.

Sek Sok Kea bled to death on the road, he said, while Sok Mean was later hospitalized.

Police have no leads in the case but are continuing to investigate, he added.

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