• Short Summary

    LAOTIAN AUTHORITIES SAY THE CURRENT NORTH VIETNAMESE OFFENSIVE ON LAOTIAN TOWNS ARE SIMILAR TO THE VIETCONG OFFENSIVE IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    (ACCORDING TO NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, NORTH VIETNAM HAS 40,000 MEN, INCLUDING REGULAR UNITS, IN LAOS.

  • Description

    LAOTIAN AUTHORITIES SAY THE CURRENT NORTH VIETNAMESE OFFENSIVE ON LAOTIAN TOWNS ARE SIMILAR TO THE VIETCONG OFFENSIVE IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    (ACCORDING TO NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, NORTH VIETNAM HAS 40,000 MEN, INCLUDING REGULAR UNITS, IN LAOS. THIS, HE SAID, HAS GATHERED FROM CAPTURED PRISONERS.)
    (THE PRINCE SAID NORTH VIETNAMESE INTERFERENCE DATED TO 1962 AND HE HAD ENLISTED AMERICAN AID IN 1964 IN THE FACE OF A DETERIORATING SITUATION. ( IN THE CURRENT OFFENSIVE, AMERICAN AIRCRAFT ARE ASSISTING LAOTIAN TROOPS IN AIRSTRIKES ON COMMUNIST POSITIONS).)
    ON MONDAY (FEB. 26), LAOTIAN TROOPS PARADED TWO ALLEGED NORTH VIETNAMESE PRISONERS IN PAKSE CITY, IN SOUTHERN LAOS. THE CITY IS THE MILITARY HEADQUARTERS FOR THE FOURTH MILITARY REGION.

    THEY WERE AMONG SEVEN WHO WERE CAPTURED LAST FRIDAY DURING A CLASH WEST OF SARAVANE. IT WAS THEIR FIRST BATTLE SINCE BEING IN LAOS FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS. THE BATTLE WAS SAID TO HAVE COST THE COMMUNISTS 68 KILLED.

    TWELVE LAOTIAN TROOPS DIED IN THE FIGHT.

    THE CITY'S MILITARY COMMANDER, GENERAL KANE INSISIENMAY, BRIEFED PRESSMEN ON THE SITUATION.

    GOVERNMENT FORCES CAPTURED A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF WEAPONS MADE IN THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC. THESE WERE SEIZED FROM THE BATTLE SCENE AT SARAVANE.

    IN PAKSANE, EAST OF VIENTIANE, REFUGEES FROM THAT THUM WERE GIVEN MEDICAL AID BY TEAMS SENT IN BY FRIENDLY COUNTRIES.

    THAT THUM FELL TO THE PRO-COMMUNISTS PATHET LAO ON FEB. 21. TO STOP THE COMMUNISTS FROM ADVANCING INTO NEARBY PAKSANE, GOVERNMENT TROOPS UNDER COLONEL ATSAPHANTONG, WERE RUSHED THERE.

    MEANWHILE, THE MILITARY SITUATION IN SOUTHERN LAOS WAS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) GENERALLY QUIET WITH MINOR CLASHES REPORTED AROUND THE TWO BESIEGED PROVINCIAL CAPITALS OF SARAVANE AND ATTOPEU.

    ATTOPEU WAS THE SCENE OF A FIERCE BATTLE ON SUNDAY (FEB. 25) WHERE 306 NORTH VIETNAMESE AND PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO TROOPS WERE REPORTED KILLED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAPMNAB7OLU69WFF9HQSRB1OLC
    Media URN:
    VLVAPMNAB7OLU69WFF9HQSRB1OLC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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