A government official injured in an acid attack in Phnom Penh Sunday was sent for treatment in Thailand, but
his condition is not critical, a top police official said Monday.
Ngor Srun, a Cambodian People's Party secretary of state for
the Council of Ministers, was attacked Sunday afternoon as he had a flat tire
changed on his car on Kampuchea Krom Boulevard, Phnom Penh Police Chief Touch
Ngor Srun was treated for several hours at Calmette Hospital
and sent to Thailand
around 4 pm Sunday afternoon, hospital officials said.
Police will begin an investigation, even though there has
been no charges pressed by the victim or his family, Touch Naroth said.
Neither suspects nor motive have been identified, and no one
has come forward as a witness, making an investigation difficult, Touch Saroth
Ngor Srun was injured on his face and chest, though the
injuries were not critical, Touch Naroth said.
Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers,
confirmed the attack and the victim's government position, but he declined to
give further details.
Prampi Makara District Governor Srun Sroan said he would
push for further investigation, but he could not release more information
because none had been provided by the family.
Kek Galabru, president of the rights group Licadho, said the
case was likely related to a personal conflict.
The use of powerful acids to attack personal rivals is not
uncommon in Cambodia.
At least eight people, including six men, have been killed in such attacks
since 1999, with about 90 men and 90 women reporting attacks, according to
Sunday's assault was the first acid attack on a government
official and came two days after the shooting murders of an opposition
newspaper reporter and his son in Phnom