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Pursat Girl Killed in Explosion

A young Pursat province girl was killed over the weekend when a device, allegedly a booby trap for her politically involved father, blew up.

Nhorn Ritha, 15, was killed instantly in the blast, which occurred at mid-day while the girl was sleeping in her father's bed.

Nhorn Nhanh, the girl's father, is a member of the Norodom Ranariddh Party and is a candidate for the upcoming commune council election.

The explosive was laid for the father and was no accident, party representative Yeap Eng said.

Provincial police chief Hen Vuthea, however, said the blast came from an explosive that already belonged to the father. Police were investigating, he said.

NRP's top advisor, Ok Socheat, condemned the blast as political intimidation.

Twelve political parties are expected to field candidates in the April 1 elections, which will decide leaders for each of Cambodia's more than 1,600 communes.