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Rockets Hit Suburb North of Phnom Penh

Rockets Hit Suburb North of Phnom Penh

PREAK KDAY (AP) - State of Cambodia (SOC) soldiers reinforced this northern

suburb of the capital Oct. 30 after reporting that Khmer Rouge guerrillas had rocketed

the area in the closest attack to Phnom Penh in years.

Khmer Rouge soldiers shot seven rockets the night of Oct. 27 into the area of Preak

Kday village, about 22 kilometers north of the capital, said village leader Hing

Ros.

Six of the rockets exploded, wounding three people and inflicting minor damage on

some houses in the village, he said. Another rocket was fired into a village a kilometer

up the road, injuring one woman, he said.

U.N. spokesman Eric Falt said Oct. 30 he had not received confirmation of the attack

but that a U.N. military team had been sent to investigate.

"Something like this has not happened for a long time," Hing Ros said.

"The Pol Pot troops come to attack because they want to make it known that during

the election they can attack."

He said it was the first time since 1985 that Khmer Rouge guerrillas had gotten close

enough to the capital to attack the village.

The leader of a 15-man SOC unit patrolling the area Oct. 30 said he had come to "look

for the Khmer Rouge." He was riding on the back of a motorcycle-drawn cart filled

with five other soldiers, a rocket launcher, AK-47s and at least one M-16.

"The people now are very worried about the Khmer Rouge because when they left

they said they would come back in 10 days," said the soldier, Cpl. Reng Ry.

Villagers said U.N. troops had come Oct. 28 to the village to investigate.

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