July 15, 1997 in Nation/World

Hun Sen’s Soldiers Round Up Opponents

Compiled From Wire Services

In the week since claiming victory in a bloody coup against their factional rivals, troops loyal to Cambodian strongman Hun Sen have rounded up hundreds of opponents and executed many, while frightened politicians and journalists remained in hiding or scrambled for seats on the few planes out of the capital.

At least four top military officers loyal to the ousted co-premier, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, have now been executed, according to diplomats monitoring the situation.

The latest two confirmed to have been killed by Hun Sen’s troops were identified as Krouch Yoeum, a top Ranariddh ally in the Defense Ministry, and Sam Norin, a deputy commander of the Phnom Penh military region.

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