• Short Summary

    18 people were killed, including 14 children, and at least 20 others were wounded when insurgent gunners hit an elementary school in the centre of Phnompenh on Thursday (6 February).

  • Description

    18 people were killed, including 14 children, and at least 20 others were wounded when insurgent gunners hit an elementary school in the centre of Phnompenh on Thursday (6 February).

    All the children killed were in one classroom of the Wat Phnom School, which caters for children between the ages of six and twelve.

    Screaming, hysterical children ran around the school yard shortly after the shell struck at 0930 local. Many were bleeding from wounds as teachers and police tried to calm them.

    Eight children died on the spot. Six others died from their injuries in hospital.

    There were about 300 children in the school when the shell struck.

    Following Thursday's attack, another school, a prestigious French high school in Phnompenh, has been closed until further notice. French teachers will possibly take early Easter vacation in neighbouring countries.

    Other French residents in Phnompenh were also believed to be reconsidering their position whether to stay or leave the country in the face of the worsening military situation in the Khmer Republic.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABE6O9PXDPFDYL7WAY7H83LT1T
    Media URN:
    VLVABE6O9PXDPFDYL7WAY7H83LT1T
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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