About 100 khmer Rouge insurgents attacked a village ten miles (16 kms) west of the Khmer Republic capital of Phnom Penh on Monday (14 October) killing 17 villagers and wounding many others.
GV Soldiers searching village remains
SV Soldiers salvaging rice from burnt bags
LV PAN from villagers to body wrapped in cloth
SV PAN from Buddhist monks praying over childrens bodies
CU Mother of dead children
SV PAN from bodies to father
SCU Mother crying as bodies are put into makeshift coffins (2 shots)
SV PAN from another body wrapped in blankets by roadside to troops on lorry bassing through village
SV PAN Bodies of two more children
CU Body being placed into coffin
CU Young girl weeping
SV Body being wrapped and placed in coffin
SV Soffins placed on to ox-cart
SV Ox-cart with coffins hauled away
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Background: About 100 khmer Rouge insurgents attacked a village ten miles (16 kms) west of the Khmer Republic capital of Phnom Penh on Monday (14 October) killing 17 villagers and wounding many others.
Only three of the 17 killed were men. The rest were women and children.
Villagers told newsmen that the guerrilla band attacked the Phum Taphem hamlet at mighight, firing machine-guns at random and throwing grenades into the thatched huts. At one point two young children were dragged out and killed in front of their parents.
khmer Government troops were rushed to the village close to Phnom Penh's airport. But the attackers had disappeared by the time they arrived.
Other guerrilla units broke through the capital's defence perimeter the same night (14 October) firing ten rockets at the airport and a nearby government radio communications centre. Neither was hit but some civilians were wounded.
The Khmer Rough insurgents are expected to step up their attacks during the week leading up to the United Nations debate on the khmer Republic. The debate is expected to begin around the 19th of October.
SYNOPSIS: The villagers of Phum Taphem had no money to buy proper coffins for the dead. The bodies were buried in makeshift coffins made from packing cases. The khmer Rouge insurgents bayonetted several of their victims to death.
The khmer Rouge insurgents have stepped up their attacks on government forces in the past few days. The Cambodian Military Command reported last week that over four hundred insurgents had been killed in clashes around the provincial capital of kompong Chhnang forty-six miles northwest of Phnom Penh.