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.