In the Khmer Republic, villages near the capital Phnom Penh are on full alert, following an upsurge in Communist activity.
SV Armoured vehicle enters kampong Kamtout village (2 shots)
SCU Troops on armoured vehicle (2 shots)
CU PAN Armoured vehicle through village (4 shots)
SV Troops patrol outskirts of village (2 shots)
SV Injured into ambulance (2 shots)
SV Soldier stands guard outside Khemara Restaurant
CU INT PAN ACROSS Belongings and bloodstains
SV Injured into ambulance
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Background: In the Khmer Republic, villages near the capital Phnom Penh are on full alert, following an upsurge in Communist activity. In recent days there has been a number of encounters between Government troops and the Communists. The village of Kampong Kamtout, 24 kilometres (15 miles) from the capital, came under fire in one of the latest hit-and-run battles. The village, on Highway Three, was put on alert, and Government tanks were brought in to reinforce existing troops. Soldiers patrolled the village, while residents packed and moved out. During one of the patrols outside the village, the Communist opened fire on the Government force. They returned the fire, but in the fighting, two soldiers were killed and another two, wounded. A baby being carried by its mother was also injured.
In Phnom Penh's main street, Pacheatip Patai (Democracy Road), a hand grenade blew out the front door of the Khomara Restaurant. Seven people died. Another 15 were rounded. Four of the dead were killed instantly, and the others died in hospital. Two of the wounded were Americans. The explosion shattered the restaurant's interior. It come more than a year after the last terrorist attack in the capital.
SYNOPSIS: Government troops on Highway Three in the khmer Republic are on full alert, in an attempt to counter an upsurge in activity by the Communists. Armoured vehicles were sent to reinforce troops stationed at the village of Kampong Kamtout, fifteen miles along the highway from the capital, Phnom Penh.
As the vehicles patrolled the village, residents were packing up and moving out, fleeing just ahead of a Communist air attack. The western extremity of the village and the market took the brunt of the bombs. The Government troops concentrated on the ground forces, and threw their strength against their enemy in the jungle.
One such patrol were attacked by Communist ground forces and the Government soldiers returned the fire.
Two were killed in the fighting. Another two were wounded, and were evacuated. A baby being carried by its mother also was caught in the crossfire, and was wounded. There was no information on Communist casualties.
In Phnom Penh a hand grenade was thrown through the front door of a restaurant in the heart of the capital. It exploded and shattered the interior.
The blast left seven dead, and fifteen wounded, two of them Americans.