Following the assassination attempt on the United States Ambassador to the Khmer Republic, Mr. Emory?
Following the assassination attempt on the United States Ambassador to the Khmer Republic, Mr. Emory Swank, earlier this week, tighter security has been ordered in Phnom Penh.
The new measures including thorough searches at highway checkpoints outside the capital on every person entering or leaving. All motorcycles have not been put off the streets by six in the evening, and passengers travelling behind motorcycles drivers have to ride side saddle, a position which makes it difficult to throw bombs.
SYNOPSIS: The attempted assassination of the United States Ambassador to the Khmer Republic was staged earlier this week near his residence. It was the first terrorist attack aimed at any American in this country for three months ... the incident broke a lull in terrorist activity which the people had felt was the result of increased security precautions in Phnom Penh, including highway checkpoint searching. (PAUSE)
People entering cinemas and other public buildings are also searched for concealed weapons or explosives. All motorcycles have to be off the streets by six in the evening and persons sitting behind the drivers have to ride side saddle - a position which makes it difficult to throw a bomb or a hand grenade. (PAUSE)
The authorities have set up a civilian-defence force known as the Post Control or P.C. ..there is a P.C. group for every 50 houses in Phnom Penh but despite these precautions, the attempt on Mr. Swank's life showed there is no foolproof way to halt terrorist activities in the capital.