At least 62 soldiers and civilians were killed in Phnom Penh on Tuesday (21 March) in the biggest-over communist rocket attack on the Capital.
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Background: At least 62 soldiers and civilians were killed in Phnom Penh on Tuesday (21 March) in the biggest-over communist rocket attack on the Capital.
About 300 wooden houses west of Phnom Penh's central market wont up in flames after about 80 rockets had slammed into the area. At least 22 residents were killed and four wounded by blasts, burns or shrapnel as the inferno reddened the night sky over the entire city.
The worst damage was at a radio installation on the south-western boundary of the city. A small group of communist troops seriously damaged the radio station with plastic explosives, before shooting and slitting the threats of local civilians. The bodies of 20 civilians and 26 soldiers were found near the radio station where masts were snapped off and equipment blown to fragments.
The Khmer military command said the rockets and mortar came from communist batteries within foul or five miles (six or seven kms) of northwestern city boundaries. Western military observers said the attacks were apparently a deliberate terrorist move to disrupt national celebrations for the second anniversary of Prince Norodom Sihanouk's overthrow.