A bomb explosion wrecked the first floor of the American Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday (December 1), injuring one workmen.
GV U.S. Embassy - TILT up to damage front
MV INTERIOR..damage (2 shots)
SCU Embassy emblem - TILT DOWN to damage
GV U.S. Flag - TILT workmen clear debris
MV Troops in street
Initials PAF/AH/ES.15.12 PAF/AH/ES.15.25
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Background: A bomb explosion wrecked the first floor of the American Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday (December 1), injuring one workmen. A police official said that twelve people had been arrested for questioning, including construction workers who were refacing the Embassy and making internal alterations.
The bomb explosion came at 0630 (local time) and only six days after the Cambodian Prime Minister, General Lon Nol, had warned in a radio broadcast, of possible sabotage attempts.
A police official said that several kilos of plastic explosive caused the blast. Workmen cleared away the rubble as Cambodian troops mounted a guard on the building.
Heavy fighting between Government and pro-Sihanouk forces is going on just 20 miles (30 KMs) north of the capital. The provincial capital of Prey Veng, only 30 miles (50 KMs) south-east of Phnom Penh is also under heavy pressure form North Vietnamese, Viet Cong and Cambodian forces.