Incident Summary:

1/5/2002: Two unidentified gunmen shot and killed Touch Sean, a Sam Rainsy party commune election candidate, in Doun Leb village, Svay Rieng province, Cambodia. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Political officials stated that they believed that the attack was politically motivated. Commune elections were scheduled to start approximately a month after the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Svay Rieng

Doun Leb village

Location Details:
Doun Leb village

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Sam Rainsy party
Specific Description Touch Sean, a Sam Rainsy party commune election candidate
Nationality of Target Cambodia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Police suspect that the incident was a robbery. Note that two other female candidates were killed the two days prior to this incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gunmen No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
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
"Three Candidates for Local Elections Killed in Cambodia," Xinhua General News Service, January 7, 2002.
"Three women election candidates shot dead," Townsville Bulletin/Townsville Sun, January 8, 2002.
"Women candidates killed in pre-election violence," South China Morning Post, January 8, 2002.