Hun Sen Raises Spectre of Assassination Attempt in Warning Over Threat of Coup

According to Hun Sen, in September 1998 while traveling to Siem Reap his car was targeted by an attacker with a B40 rocket-propelled grenade.

Phnom Penh – Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said his government would not allow violence to return to Cambodian politics, reminding Cambodians of an alleged attempt on his life in 1998.

According to Hun Sen, in September 1998 while traveling to Siem Reap his car was targeted by an attacker with a B40 rocket-propelled grenade. The rocket missed Hun Sen’s convoy and struck a nearby house, killing one civilian, he said.

Since his Cambodian People’s Party won all 125 seats in parliament in a general election in July, Hun Sen has been keen to emphasize that he sees the CPP, and more importantly his rule at the head of the party, as the only force standing between Cambodians and a return to civil war and the political violence of decades past.

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