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.
CV Damaged bridge
LV Damaged section of bridge
GV People walking on bridge
SV Troops examine damage (4 shots)
CU Army commanders inspect damage
SV Wrecked motorcycle and body on bridge
SV Remains of car scattered over wrecked bridge (2 shots)
GV Patrol boat on river (2 shots)
GV Bridge with troops in foreground
The bridge, over the Tonle Sap River, connects the capital with Highway 6 to the north and northeast. Officials said they didn't know how long it would take to repair the Japanese-built structure, but said that the flow of supplies to Government troops fighting on the eastern side of the Mekong River would be hampered.
The bomb went off during the lunch-hour rush. A large amount of plastic explosive was packed into a car parked in the middle of the bridge and abandoned by the saboteurs. Six men and two girls were later arrested and charged with having caused the blast.
On Sunday (26 March), there were reports that communist forces were fighting Government troops only five miles (8 kms) from the Khmer capital.
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Background: 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.