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Authorities: California monk charged in knife attack on fellow monk over disciplinary tactics

Authorities say a Buddhist monk has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of another monk in a San Francisco Bay Area monastery.

The Oakland Tribune reported (http://bayareane.ws/1Hd73fg) Tuesday that authorities say 30-year-old Sokphanna Phen acknowledged stabbing 66-year-old Mahamonirath Pinn in the face and head with two kitchen knives at an East Oakland monastery on June 16.

Pinn was being treated at an Oakland hospital.

Officer Bradley Miller says Phen told police he was angry with the head monk for his disciplinary tactics.

Police say Phen has also been identified by the victim. Phen was being held without bail.

Oakland police were not immediately available for comment on whether Phen has an attorney. The Alameda County Public Defender's Office was checking to see if it's representing Phen.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com