Communist-led insurgents launched their deadliest artillery barrage on Khmer Republic's capital. Phnom Penh on Tuesday,?
Communist-led insurgents launched their deadliest artillery barrage on Khmer Republic's capital. Phnom Penh on Tuesday, (12 February) killing 140 people and wounding hundreds of others.
Cambodian High Command spokesman Colonel Am Rong said 73 Shells were fired from captured U.S. 105-mm howitzers south of the capital hit a market area about a mile from the city centre.
An estimated 1,000 homes were burned as fire, fanned by winds, swept through the area for five hours.
Two major hospitals in Phnom Penh reported they were filled to capacity with dead and wounded. Hotels were also crammed with refugees.
The shells began slamming into the city at 3 p.m. in a broad-daylight attack from an area just six miles (10 kilometres) south of the city where the Government army has been trying to drive back the insurgents for nearly three weeks.
The sudden barrage broke a week-long lull and brought panic and terror back to the encircled city. The Government had assured the population that the threat from the south had been neutralised by a big armoured thrust by the Government army on a salient of land between the Prek Thnot River and Provincial Route 28.