Communist saboteurs wrecked Phnom Penh's main bridge on Friday (24 March), killing three people and injuring five in the third major attack on the Khmer capital last week.
Communist saboteurs wrecked Phnom Penh's main bridge on Friday (24 March), killing three people and injuring five in the third major attack on the Khmer capital last week. The blast ripped a 30 yard (metres) gap in the bridge and rocked the city centre.
SYNOPSIS: Phnom Penh's main bridge was blasted by Communist saboteurs on Friday in the third attack in the Khmer Republic's capital last week. Three people were killed and five injured when the bomb exploded in a parked car on the bridge during the lunch-hour rush.
The blast rocked the city centre as it ripped a 30-yard gap in the middle of the Japanese-built structure. The bridge crosses the Tonle Sap River and connects Phnom Penh with Highway 6 to the north and northeast. Army officials said they didn't know how long it would take to repair the bridge. But they admitted that the flow of supplies to Government troops fighting on the eastern elde of the Makung River would be hampered until rapier were made.
With the bridge out, boats are one of the only ways to get out of the city to the fighting zones.
Eight people have been arrested in connection with the explosion. But by Sunday, communist forces were reportedly only five miles from the Khmer capital.