• Short Summary

    The Cambodians are now in full control of the southwestern provincial capital of Kompong Speu, 24 miles (40 Kms) form Phnom Penh.

  • Description

    The Cambodians are now in full control of the southwestern provincial capital of Kompong Speu, 24 miles (40 Kms) form Phnom Penh.

    The city was recaptured yesterday (Tuesday) by South Vietnamese and Cambodian troops after a four-day battle with the Viet Cong. Civilian inhabitants complained about looting by South Vietnamese troops, who were withdrawn today and the city handed over entirely to Cambodian control.

    The recapture of Kompong Speu was a major battle involving 1,000 Viet Cong, 3,000 Cambodians and 4,000 South Vietnamese. It left the Southern part of the town heavily damaged while the central commercial section was relatively intact.

    Elements of the Ninth South Vietnamese Infantry Division were the first to enter the town and captured most of it in the early hours of yesterday (Tuesday) morning. Reports speak of widespread looting during their search of empty buildings and - despite strict orders - of a continuation of looting further on in the market area. The Commander of the spearhead troops expressed his regret and speeded up the handing over of the town to the Cambodians.

    Kompong Speu commands the main route to Kompong Som - formerly Sihanoukville - cambodia's chief port and oil refinery.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5IDCQ87NM18G2Q10CLELJKE51
    Media URN:
    VLVA5IDCQ87NM18G2Q10CLELJKE51
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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