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Khmer Rouge attacks in various areas of Cambodia, and arrest of Khmer Rouge elements in Stung Treng
Date of Creation:
July 22, 1969
Type of Document:
Intelligence information cable
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
4 p.
On about 20 May 1969, two vehicles traveling toward Pailin, Battambang, were attacked by Khmer Rouge elements. The first vehicle, a taxi, refuses to stop when the Khmer Rouge attempts to flag it down about 10 kilometers from Pailin. The taxi was fired on, but escaped with a punctured tire. The second vehicle, a jeep carrying a government official and his family, was stopped; the official was killed and his wife and children wounded. The jeep itself was burned. Also in May, Khmer Rouge elements attacked Cambodian Army (FARK) soldiers who were constructing a new highway, near Highway No. 4. Part of the road was destroyed and several nearby villages burned. Road construction in the area came to a halt, and lone vehicles no longer used Highway No. 4 after dark. In late June, officials from the Cambodian Ministry of National Security arrested a Khmer Rouge in Stung Treng and uncovered for sub-machine guns. The Khmer Rouge named 4 other accomplices, including a Buddhist monk and a Chinese named Shao Chang. The officials later uncovered anti-Sihanouk pamphlets at the monk's residence; at Shao Chang's home, the officials discovered receipt stubs indicating that Shao paid monthly remittances to the Chinese Athletic Association, a leftist organization. Shao admitted that he had paid the Association, which was headed by his brother, over 100,000 riels and that he also had contact with the Chinese Communist embassy in Phnom Penh.
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