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Hun Sen Expresses Regret for ‘Catastrophic’ Bombing at Boston Marathon

Investigators comb through the post finish line area of the Boston Marathon at Boylston Street, two days after two bombs exploded just before the finish line, April 17, 2013, in Boston.
PHNOM PENH - Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday expressed condolences for the United States for Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon that has killed at least three people.

“I share my regrets with the United States, regarding the crime that killed civilians in the race,” Hun Sen said in a public speech in Kampot province.

US investigators are continuing an investigation into the bombing, but no information on suspects or motives were officially released by early Wednesday.

Cambodia saw its share of deaths over the New Year, Hun Sen said, but none were as “catastrophic” as the fatalities in Monday’s bombing.

At least 66 died and another 300 were injured during traffic accidents over the Khmer New Year, police reported Thursday.

A quarter of all accidents came from drunk driving, but police spokesman Kiet Chantharith told VOA Khmer that the statistics had improved from last year.

Fatalities on Cambodia’s dangerous roads generally spike during the New Year, a time of revelry across the country.