In Quang Duc Province, about 250 kms north east of Saigon, South Vietnamese troops have been keeping up a daily vigil in this mountainous are along the Khmer border.
In Quang Duc Province, about 250 kms north east of Saigon, South Vietnamese troops have been keeping up a daily vigil in this mountainous are along the Khmer border. Every since three government outposts were overrun by North Vietnamese troops early this month, ARVN troops have been preparing for a possible counterattack.
There are some 4,000 government troops in Quang Duc Province, including an elite Ranger division. Every day, small units set out on patrols. There have been no major battle in this north east province os far, but sporadic outbreaks of fighting have claimed almost 130 North Vietnamese dead and 45 government soldiers wounded or killed.
Highway 14, the major road link between Quang Duc Province and saigon, has bene cut after the government outposts of Bu Prang,Bu Bong and Dak Song were captured by North Vietnamese forces in an attack on November 4th. There is no civilian traffic on Highway 14, and the road has since been mined by the South Vietnamese.
With progress along the ground stalled by rugged terrain and an almost invisible enemy, the South Vietnamese troops called for mortar fire at suspected enemy positions.
The shelling took place on Tuesday (27 November), about 7 kms west of Bu Prong. Six ARVN soldiers were killed.