Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KR attacks in three provinces

KR attacks in three provinces

KR attacks in three provinces

F IGHTING between government and Khmer Rouge forces continued between Oct 5 and 12 in Kampot, Battambang and Kompong Thom, RCAF spokesman Col Yang Vuthy said.

Col Vuthy claimed the KR suffered 43 deaths with 19 wounded, 27 captured and 42 defections. He said 12 KR spies who were hiding in villages were also arrested.

He told a press conference on Oct 12 that army casualties were lower, with 10 deaths, 8 wounded, and 9 soldiers missing.

In one incident, 80 KR guerrillas from division 18 launched an offensive on three villages of Angkor Chey district, 56 km northeast of Kampot, on Oct 11. The assault lasted 90 minutes, one RCAF soldier was killed and three others wounded, he said.

"The KR came from three directions. First, they stormed Ou Rumchek village, then Mun village and third Ou DangKor village," Col Vuthy explained.

In the press conference, Col Vuthy also described how in the second week of October, the KR guerrillas attacked several districts of two other provinces, Battambang and Kampong Thom, and captured temporarily two government positions: in Mongkul Borei, 52 km northwest of Battambang and Stung, and 41 km northwest of Kampong Thom towns.

In the first attack, on Oct 7, Khmer Rouge guerrillas from Divisions 36, 18 and 415, launched a heavy offensive on Moung Russey district town, 45 km southeast of Battambang capital. "The offensive was launched first 13 km southeast of Moung Russey district town and then 13 km northwest of the town," according to Vuthy.

He said one KR guerrilla was killed in the fighting and two villagers were missing and13 others wounded in the assault.

Two days later, KR guerrillas launched attacks on government soldiers' position southeast of Mongkol Borei district town, about 52 km northwest of Battambang city, and occupied the position for more than one hour.

"We lost control of the position for one or one-and-a half hours on the day of offensive, now we have retaken it," Col Vuthy said.

He said 10 KR guerrillas were killed and 15 others injured in the raid. "We destroyed five KR motor boats and 10 other boats, but they killed seven of our soldiers and wounded two others." He said eight AK-47 assault rifles and one 12.7 mm machine gun had been seized by the KR in the raid.

The same day, a band of 30 guerrillas from division 980 and 785 attacked troops in Anglong Kranh commune in Stung district, he said. The guerillas seized control of the town for one and a half hours.

Fifteen KR were also killed in another commune of Stung district, Prolai, the same day, according to the colonel.

Meanwhile Khmer Rouge guerrillas abducted ten people, including three policemen and a soldier, in an ambush of two taxis traveling on a road linking National Route 3 down to Chhuk district town in Kampot, said Col Vuthy.

He added that he did not know the fate of the ten hostages.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro