Incident Summary:

07/04/2001: Three people were killed and six were wounded when a bomb left in a fourth-floor hotel room at the Favor Hotel detonated in Phnom Penh, Monivong district, Cambodia. No information on the extent of the property damage caused by the explosion was provided. This bombing occurred shortly after a bomb exploded in the Hong Kong Hotel on the same street, Monivong Boulevard, as the Favor Hotel. Authorities stated that the Favor Hotel had received a threat via telephone claiming that a bomb would go off if the owners did not pay $100,000. 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:
Favor 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 Favor Hotel
Specific Description At least nine people near 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 a fourth-floor guest room.
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
Additional Information One of the sources says that six were injured while another says seven.
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 3 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
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.