The Cambodians are now in full control of the southwestern provincial capital of Kompong Speu, 24 miles (40 Kms) form Phnom Penh.
GV Cambodian troop carrier in town centre PAN TO LV other army vehicles
LV tank on roadside
GV soldiers walk by abandoned bicycles
CU & SV Vietnamese trooper stands by bridge
GV troops and tank moving into position
SV Soldier in roadway PAN TO dead man near bunker (3 shots)
SV troops by wall PAN TO bush
SV & CU Generals and other army officials talking. 3 shots
SV & CU Generals and other army officials talking 3 shots
GV burnt out bus
SV ditto PAN TO soldiers riding away on mopeds
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Background: The Cambodians are now in full control of the southwestern provincial capital of Kompong Speu, 24 miles (40 Kms) form Phnom Penh.
The city was recaptured yesterday (Tuesday) by South Vietnamese and Cambodian troops after a four-day battle with the Viet Cong. Civilian inhabitants complained about looting by South Vietnamese troops, who were withdrawn today and the city handed over entirely to Cambodian control.
The recapture of Kompong Speu was a major battle involving 1,000 Viet Cong, 3,000 Cambodians and 4,000 South Vietnamese. It left the Southern part of the town heavily damaged while the central commercial section was relatively intact.
Elements of the Ninth South Vietnamese Infantry Division were the first to enter the town and captured most of it in the early hours of yesterday (Tuesday) morning. Reports speak of widespread looting during their search of empty buildings and - despite strict orders - of a continuation of looting further on in the market area. The Commander of the spearhead troops expressed his regret and speeded up the handing over of the town to the Cambodians.
Kompong Speu commands the main route to Kompong Som - formerly Sihanoukville - cambodia's chief port and oil refinery.