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Khmer Krom Group Appeals for Government for Security After Murder

The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Human Rights Organization appealed to the government Friday to strengthen security and search for the murderers of at least two people killed recently who supported the ethnic minority group.

Police Thursday said they found a newspaper editor who advocated for the ethnic group murdered and stuffed in a trunk. Last month, a Khmer Kampuchea Krom monk was found dead at a pagoda following demonstrations in front of the Vietnamese Embassy in what rights groups said appeared to be murder.

The rights organization said Friday the deaths seemed to be the work of professional killers with specific targets.

An investigator for the rights group Adhoc said Friday the motives in the murder of newspaper editor Pov Sam Ath, who went missing April 22, were unclear.

He was beaten and asphyxiated and left in Kampong Speu province, but authorities said Friday they did not yet know where he was killed, or why.