M ilitary and police patrols in Phnom Penh and other main towns are being beefed
up this month, following speculation that the Khmer Rouge may launch terrorist
Officials are concerned that the Khmer New Year, from April 13 -
15 - along with the 20th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge's rise to power on April
17, 1975 - may be considered an ideal time for rebel attacks.
in its last issue, reported that government intelligence sources said theyhad
firm evidence that KR explosives and special units had been infiltrated into
Phnom Penh in recent weeks.
Interior Minister You Hockry this week
confirmed that security was being boosted around the country, but said he could
not provide details.
He dismissed the prospect of KR attacks in Phnom
Penh, saying the rebels were a long way from the Capital.
A Ministry of
Defense senior official said it was customary for increased security,
particularly against bombs or other sabotage, over all main Khmer
A United States Embassy spokesman said the possibility of KR
attacks had been discussed with the authorities, but the embassy knew of no firm
evidence that any such rebel action was planned.