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Rockets destroy truck convoy

A FREIGHT convoy of seven trucks was ambushed and destroyed by Khmer Rouge

soldiers while heading from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh on Highway 4 according

to a report in Reasmey Kampuchea newspaper.

The report said about 40 KR

soldiers armed with B40 rocket launchers and AK47's stopped the convoy on May 25

at 7 am at Tanay village, Prey Nop district.

The soldiers forced all the

drivers to leave their trucks and then sprayed machine gun fire over three

trucks loaded with canned fish. They then used explosives to destroy the other

four trucks which were loaded with cement. No one was injured or abducted .

The report said district soldiers later emerged on the scene

counterattacking the KR for about an hour driving them back into the jungle. By

10 am the security on the road had been restored.

The report added that

KR soldiers stopped two government soldiers, transporting rice on a cart, at

Tanay village an hour before the convoy arrived.

The government soldiers

were not physically harmed but were intimidated and forced to undress and go

back to Sihanoukville in their underwear.

Analysts say the KR are

deliberately targeting Highway 4 because it is an important link to the

development of the national economy.

The KR have been accused of

abducting three foreigners, Australian Kelly Wilkinson, her British boyfriend

Dominic Chappell, and British friend Tina Dominy while traveling on the same

route on April 11.

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