Incident Summary:

11/14/2001: Three unidentified gunmen shot and killed Thon Phally while he slept in his home in Kampong Cham province, Cambodia. Phally was a royalist Funcinpec party candidate. No group claimed responsibility and motive is unknown.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Kampong Cham


Location Details:
At the victim's home in Kampong Cham province, 75 kilometers east of Phnom Penh

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Funcinpec party
Specific Description Thon Phally, a royalist Funcinpec party candidate
Nationality of Target Cambodia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
The victim was shot twice at close range in the abdomen and heart as he slept
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victim's spouse stated that he was involved in a land dispute.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gunmen No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Royalist election candidate killed in Cambodia," Associated Press, November 16, 2001.
"Fifth Cambodian election candidate killed ahead of UN envoy's arrival," Agence France-Presse, November 17, 2001.