• Short Summary

    On Highway One, the main road leading from Phnom Penh to Saigon, Khmer communist troops captured two freelance journalists on Wednesday (26 April).

  • Description

    On Highway One, the main road leading from Phnom Penh to Saigon, Khmer communist troops captured two freelance journalists on Wednesday (26 April).

    Villagers at the scene of the incident, about 30 miles southeast of Phnom Penh, said the two men -- an Australian and an American -- were led away unharmed from their car. A Khmer bomb disposal squad was immediately sent to check the car for booby traps, but it was later declared safe and taken back to Phnom Penh.

    The journalists, who worked for United Press International, were the first captured in Khmer since last April when another UPI reporter -- Miss Kate Webb, a New Zealander -- was released after being held for three weeks.

    Further up on Highway One, Khmer troops have dug in at strategic points in on effort to keep the road open. The North Vietnamese forces shelled the town of Kompong Trach on the South Vietnamese border with the Khmer Republic on Wednesday, and fierce fighting was again raging along the banks of the Mokong River just south of Phnom Penh.

    Helicopter supply runs are still being made to the border areas where Khmer troops are still reported to be engaged in heavy fighting with communist forces. Fresh troops from vital positions around Phnom Penh are now being flown into southeast regions in an effort to halt a communist advance that threatens South Vietnam through the Khmer Republic.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8XRC8XFK0GBWF7ZLA92AK4LCY
    Media URN:
    VLVA8XRC8XFK0GBWF7ZLA92AK4LCY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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