More than one hundred guerrillas were killed by Cambodia troops on Wednesday (January 27) in the battle for Saang 18 miles (30 Kilometres) south of the capital.
TRACKING SHOT & SV Troops in jeep and buses proceeding towards Saang passing refugees waiting near sign post (5 shots)
SV Troops getting out of buses
SV Soldiers sorting out equipment
SV Refugees walking along road
SV Young Cambodian boys in uniform some carrying arms (4 shots)
GV Line of soldiers firing rockets (2 shots)
SV Soldier firing submachine gun and troops advancing (4 shots)
GV .50 Calibre machine gun firing from truck as troops advance (4 shots)
GV Soldiers firing rockets (2 shots)
GV Troops advancing toward suspected Viet Cong bunkers
GV Shelled bridge and burning building (2 shots)
CU Soldier with Buddhist medal in mouth for protection
SV Soldier firing into bunker and one investigates bunker
SV Dead Viet Cong and captured equipment (3 shots)
TRACKING SHOT Through Saang
TRAVEL SHOT Passing refugees on motor tricycle
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Background: More than one hundred guerrillas were killed by Cambodia troops on Wednesday (January 27) in the battle for Saang 18 miles (30 Kilometres) south of the capital. Phnom Penh. Four Cambodian soldiers were injured.
This is the fourth time that the town, which lies on a direct Viet Cong infiltration route between Vietnam and Cambodia, has been a battleground in the 10-month-old fighting in Cambodia.
In this latest battle, about 500 guerrillas surrounded Saang during the night, but Cambodian troops hit back and removed the immediate threat to the town. This action gave a boost to the morale of the Cambodian soldiers, said the news agency report. The Cambodians have been involved in a string of successful battles against the Viet Cong since the guerrillas blasted Phnom Penh airport recently. They have opened the Highway Four road link between the capital and the deepwater port of Kompong Son, and pushed the guerrillas further back from Phnom Penh.
The Cambodian High Command claim the guerrillas still in the area have bene dispersed into small groups incapable of launching an attack in strength.