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General under fire

General under fire

BATTAMBANG - Khmer Rouge forces launched an artillery attack on Monday on a

government helicopter carrying Army Chief of Staff Gen Ke Kim Yan, who is

masterminding the Pailin offensive.

The guerrillas lobbed six 130 mm

rounds at the helicopter as it landed and took off at the frontline command

headquarters at Sala Krao, according to crew members.

The general,

accompanied by staff officers, was on a forward reconnaisance mission to the

base, 10 km north of Pailin.

The crewmen said KR artillery on a nearby

mountain fired two rounds as the chopper landed and two more as it was taking

off, carrying wounded soldiers to hospital for treatment.

The final two

rounds landed just 100 meters from the helicopter which later had to return to

Sala Krao to pick up Gen Yan and his aides and return them to

Batambang.

No one was hurt and the helicopter was not damaged during the

artillery attack.

In all the helicopter ferried out 26 wounded and three

dead soldiers from the frontline that day.

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