(From AFP)

A prominent Cambodian political analyst known for his trenchant criticism of the government was shot dead Sunday morning at a convenience store, police said.

Kem Ley’s body lying below a metal table inside a convenience store in Phnom Penh on Sunday

The daylight slaying of Kem Ley comes at a time of heightened tensions between strongman premier Hun Sen and the country’s political opposition, who accuse the prime minister of launching a fresh crackdown against them.

Police said Kem Ley, a popular commentator and grassroots campaigner, was gunned down as he drank coffee at a convenience store attached to a gas station in the capital Phnom Penh.

“He was shot dead at a mart just before 9 am,” Kirt Chantharith, national police spokesman, told AFP.

A suspect was arrested nearby and confessed to killing the analyst over an unpaid debt, Kirt Chantharith said. Read More

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