A group of robbers armed with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle shot and injured three gold sellers at Prek Tameak market in Kandal province on Tuesday, making away with over $81,000 worth of gold and cash, local police said Wednesday.
The group of either four or five gunmen arrived at the market around 6:30 p.m., holding up a gold-selling stall and discharging a total of 10 bullets, said deputy Khsach Kandal district police chief Un Yong.
“They shot into the three victims 10 times, making them injured,” he said.
After the shooting, the robbers fled with 23 damlung of gold (worth about $36,800), 25 damlung of platinum (worth about 41,900), $6,050 in cash, and 10 million riel (about $2,500).
The three victims were Phoeun Sroeun, 41, who was shot in his right leg, his brother-in-law Lang Narin, 27, who was shot in his left leg, and Pao Sokuntheary, 27, who was shot in her shoulder.
They have been sent to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment and are expected to make a full recovery.
“Those gunmen are still at large, but our district police are cooperating with Kandal provincial police to look for the suspects,” Mr. Yong said.
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