Incident Summary:

1/3/2002: Unidentified gunmen shot and killed Ngoun Choun, the Funcinpec village chief, in Prey Tonle commune, Kampot province, Cambodia. Her husband was injured in the incident. 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:



Location Details:
Prey Tonle commune

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Funcinpec party
Specific Description Ngoun Choun, the Funcinpec village chief
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. It is worth noting that two other female candidates were killed the two days following this incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gunmen No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
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.