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    North Vietnamese sappers destroyed large quantities of machinery in a pre-dawn raid on the big Prek Tnot dam project South West of Phnom Penh on Saturday (25 September).

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    North Vietnamese sappers destroyed large quantities of machinery in a pre-dawn raid on the big Prek Tnot dam project South West of Phnom Penh on Saturday (25 September).

    This coverage by Visnews cameraman Yosep Lee and Jim Gerrand were filmed soon after the attack, and shows Khmer Republic artillery and infantry engaging the Viet Cong in skirmishes that continued for several hours.

    The Prek Tnot project - a huge irrigation and water-powered generating dam - was begun in January last year. Finance for the venture is being shared by ten countries, including the United States, Britain, Italy and japan, under United Nations sponsorship. The dam is scheduled for completion at the end of 1972 at a total cost of twenty seven million US dollars (thirteen and a half million pounds starling).

    We refer News Editors to Visnews Production No. 771/70 Khmer Republic: Ten countries Finance Huge Dam Construction South West of Phnom Penh), serviced on 28 January 1970.

    SYNOPSIS: The vast ten-nation dam project under construction at Prek Tnot, south west of Phnom Penh in the Khmer Republic, came under attack from Viet Cong sappers in a costly pre-dawn raid on Saturday.

    The twenty seven million dollar irrigation and generating dam, which is being financed by, among others, the United States, Britain, Italy and Japan under United Nations sponsorship, was itself not damaged in the attack. But the raiders' explosives destroyed several nearby buildings, and early reports estimate that they accounted for at least sixty per cent of the equipment in the machinery compound.

    Vehicles were burnt out, and the construction site's oil storage tanks were wrecked by explosive charges. The Viet Cong have recently bean stepping up their attacks in the Phnom Penh area, and just a week ago staged a daring commando style raid on two big oil storage terminals on the outskirts of the city.

    Immediately after Saturday's early morning attack, a brigade of Khmer troops moved up into the area, local inhabitants hurried for safety as artillery opened fire in support of the infantry.

    Casualties were inflicted on the Viet Cong. However, initial reports said that the Khmer brigade lost up to a company strength killed, wounded or captured. Four hours after the attack took place, they were still skirmishing with the Viet Cong in thick undergrowth and across paddy fields.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5GNMN7L83J3OO6A8GL7IQE53D
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GNMN7L83J3OO6A8GL7IQE53D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:38:00
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    N/A

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