Chilling CCTV shows couple ‘held at gunpoint’ before bodies found in hotel room

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Harrowing CCTV footage has emerged of a couple appearing to be held at gunpoint the night before they were killed in Cambodia.

The chilling video emerged after a 38-year-old man and his 22-year-old girlfriend were found dead at an apartment in LH Residence in the capital city Phnom Penh on Thursday, January 14.

The Chinese embassy in Cambodia confirmed two Chinese citizens were murdered and notified the victims' family in China.

Local media site Angkor Today reported the 38-year-old man, named Xiao Bo, was strangled inside the apartment and dragged to the bathroom.

His girlfriend, Ms Cao, was found with plastic tapes around her mouth and nose with her limbs tied.

Cambodia Police released footage of the couple's last moments as they entered the residential building on January 12.

The chilling clip shows a man in a cap holding Mr Xiao hostage with what appears to be a gun pointed at his lower back.

Another man is seen covering Ms Cao's face as he pushes her to walk towards the door.

It ends with the four of them entering the apartment on the ninth floor.

Investigators said they were called to the scene after a cleaning lady found the bodies the next morning.

Initial investigations suggested that the killers had carefully planned the attack as records showed they had rented an apartment on the same floor, reported Chinese state media Phoenix News.

The Chinese embassy in Cambodia released a statement, saying: "The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia expresses its deep condolences to the families of the two citizens who were killed in Phnom Penh.

"The Embassy is closely monitoring this murder case and has immediately communicated with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior and the Phnom Penh Police Department after learning of it.

"We are requesting the Cambodian authorities to solve the case as soon as possible and severely punish the murderer according to the law.

"At present, the Cambodian police are doing their best to investigate the case, and have preliminary information and clues about the murderer.

"The Embassy has asked the relevant domestic parties to assist in contacting the family of the deceased and to facilitate the family to come to Cambodia as soon as possible."

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