On Highway One, the main road leading from Phnom Penh to Saigon, Khmer communist troops captured two freelance journalists on Wednesday (26 April).
GV Highway One
M.S. UPI Car and soldiers standing by (2 shots)
UPI Office in Phnom Penh and office girl typing (3 shots)
SV & GV Soldiers camouflaging tents (3 shots)
SV Soldier digging trench
GV Soldiers carry supplies to helicopters (2 shots)
SV Troops past camera towards helicopters
MS & LV Helicopters take off (2 shots)
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Background: 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.