A Cambodian military officer killed himself after shooting dead his 16-year-old wife with an AK-47 rifle after he allegedly refused her request for a divorce, local media reported on Tuesday.
“Second Lt. Vong Tol, 32, shot his wife, Uy Sokhom, in the chest in their home in the northern province of Preah Vihear on Sunday before shooting himself in the head.
“He was angry with the wife for wanting to divorce him,’’ Capt. Chuon Narong, a district penal police officer, told the Times.
Narong said neighbours had heard the couple arguing earlier Sunday, with Tol reportedly accusing his wife of having an affair, which she denied.
“The neighbours did not intervene because they regularly heard the pair fighting.
“The couple was married for about a year and did not have children,’’ Narong added.
Tol worked on the provincial military base and his wife was a farmer in the area.
Cambodia’s legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years old; however, children who are no less than 16 may legally marry with permission from a parent or guardian.
According to 2014 figures, the most recent data available from the United Nations’ child rights agency, almost one in five women in Cambodia aged 20 to 24 years old were first married or in a union before age 18.
It was also gathered that a personnel of the Nigerian Air Force has shot and killed his girlfriend, who is also an Air Force personnel, in a fit of rage and jealousy.
The incident, which occurred at the Air Force Base in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, is under investigation according to the Air Force authorities.
The Public Relation Officer at the base, Wing Commander Emmanuel Iheoma, who confirmed the incident, said it was under investigation and more details would be provided in due course.
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It was gathered that the killer airman has been arrested and his blood sample taken. He is in the custody of the Air Police in Makurdi.
Friends of the female Air Force official, Oladipupo Solape, who is known as Shomzy Shomzy to her colleagues and friends, have taken to the social media to express their shock over the incident and mourn her.
“R.I.P Shomzy Shomzy your death is something I can’t forget so easily because your military plans is still in your mind. Well, I can’t continue crying my dear, all I have to do is to let go of what I can’t change,” One of her friends wrote on Facebook.
Sources said the incident occurred on Sunday morning after the jealous lover accused her of double dating. The slain personnel reportedly hailed from Badagry and was murdered two weeks after celebrating her birthday
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