• Short Summary

    Eight civilians were killed when Communist-led insurgents fired a single mortar shell into the village of Prek Pneu, six miles (10 km) from Phnom Penh, on Thursday (16 January).

  • Description

    Eight civilians were killed when Communist-led insurgents fired a single mortar shell into the village of Prek Pneu, six miles (10 km) from Phnom Penh, on Thursday (16 January). The victims included three children and three women.

    The mortar around was fired from insurgent positions across the nearby Tonle Sap River. The insurgents gained control of the east bank of the river early in their offensive this month. They are now reported to have extended their control over the area to within five miles extended their control over the area to within five miles (8 km) of Phnom Penh.

    The mortar attack was yet another indication of the tightening grip the insurgents have on the country. Heavy fighting has been reported to the north and north east of the capital, and the strength of Government forces is said to be deteriorating.

    Observers say the insurgents are so close to Phnom Penh they could maintain a constant barrage of mortar fire, directed at the capital. However, attacks so far have been isolated.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA50E651LGU05WLX94DRHGNQ3NE
    Media URN:
    VLVA50E651LGU05WLX94DRHGNQ3NE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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