Incident Summary:

07/04/2001: Five people were injured when a bomb left on the first floor of the Hong Kong Hotel in Phnom Penh, Monivong district, Cambodia, exploded around 11:00am. The police received a phone call warning of the impending explosion shortly before detonation and were able to evacuate the hotel. Extensive damage was done to the first two floors of the hotel and windows were blown out on the top floors. After the attack, the police arrested Chroek Mao, a former soldier who claimed he was working with a group of four other people who had been hired to detonate explosives in Phnom Penh by a former soldier, Ouk Satya. Satya promised Mao and his group $100,000. Mao did not give the name of his group, but authorities say Satya was attempting to extort money and incite disorder in the area.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Phnom Penh

Location Details:
Hong Kong Hotel on Monivong Boulevard

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Hong Kong Hotel
Specific Description At least five people in the vicinity of the explosion
Nationality of Target Cambodia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The bomb was left in guest room number 108.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ker Munthit, "Bomb blasts in two Phnom Penh hotels kill three, injure 12," Associated Press, July 4, 2001.
Luke Hunt and Reach Sambath, "Three dead, 11 wounded as bombs rip through Phnom Penh hotels," Agence France-Presse, July 4, 2001.
"Cambodia arrests suspect linked to explosions in capital," Kyodo News, July 9, 2001.