- Title: CAMBODIA: SHOOTING IN PHNOM PENH KILLS THREE PEOPLE
- Date: 17th June 1997
- Summary: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (JUNE 17, 1997) NIGHT-SHOTS 1. TRACK SOLDIERS DRIVING THROUGH STREET WITH SIREN BLARING IN AREA WHERE POLICE GENERAL HOK LUNDY LIVES 0.11 2. LV EXTERIOR OF HOK'S RESIDENCE WITH AUDIO OF GUN-FIRE 0.19 3. LV SOLDIER WITH GUN OUTSIDE HOK'S HOUSE WALKS TOWARDS MEN WHO PUT THEIR HANDS IN THE AIR AND HE SEARCHES THEM 0.34 PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (JUNE 18, 1997) DAY LIGHT VIEWS 4. SLV SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR JEEP WITH ROCKET LAUNCHERS 0.37 5. SHORT REAR VIEW OF SOLDIER WITH GUN OVER HIS SHOULDER SURVEYING STREET 0.44 6. LV CROWD OF JOURNALISTS GATHERED AROUND HOK 0.47 7. CU HOK DESCRIBING EVENTS OF THE NIGHT BEFORE (KHMER) 2.00 8. SCU CAMERAMAN 2.06 9. LV EXTERIOR OF CAMBODIA AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRIAL MERCHANT BANK WITH BROKEN WINDOWS 2.09 10. CLOSE-UP OF BROKEN WINDOWS 2.14 11. CU DAMAGE TO WALL 2.19 12. LV MEN EXAMINING LARGE BROKEN WINDOW 2.22 13. LV MEDIA 2.28 14. CU BLOOD ON GROUND WHERE SOLDIER WAS KILLED OUTSIDE BANK/ GUN AND EQUIPMENT ON GROUND (3 SHOTS) 2.54 15. GENERAL PHNOM PENH STREET SCENE 3.05 Initials s3, p3-2 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 2nd July 1997 13:00
- Location: PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
- Country: Cambodia
- Reuters ID: LVA1JTP5S2FPHH3SBRV7FKS57OO5
- Story Text: INTRO: Heavy gun and mortar fire echoed through the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday night (June 17), killing three party bodyguards as political tension between the country's two prime ministers boiled over.
Tuesday night's fighting took place between irregulars of co-premiers Prince Norodom Ranariddh's FUNCINPEC party and Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP). Reports said two bodyguards from FUNCINPEC and one bodyguard from the CPP were killed.
Shooting broke out at the house of national police chief Hok Lundy in the city centre at about 10:30 p.m. (1530 GMT) and involved automatic weapons, mortars, grenades and possible tank rounds.
Hok later accused Ranariddh's men of attacking his bodyguards, and said he was ready to fight. He is a member of Hun Sen's party.
Speaking on Wednesday morning, surrounded by his bodyguards, Hok told a news conference outside his home that the house had been attacked by 40 armed men sent by FUNCINPEC Secretary of State for the Interior Ho Sok.
Two of the FUNCINPEC men were killed he said. He did not report any deaths among his own bodyguards.
The shooting sent residents running for their homes as police set up roadblocks and trucks of bodyguards raced through the city streets.
Monitored radio transmissions by the two factions indicated Hun Sen's side had ordered tanks and multiple rocket launchers into the area.
But toward midnight (1700 GMT) the shooting died down and the city fell silent.
Diplomats said the battle was a reflection of the political climate, which is only expected to worsen ahead of elections next year.
Ranariddh and Hun Sen, who were forced into a coalition government following U.N.-sponsored elections in 1993, will oppose each other in polls. They have been feuding over a wide range of issues for over a year. Their disputes apparently came to a head over the government's response to Khmer Rouge strongman Pol Pot.
Pol Pot's Maoist rebels have been split over whether to make peace in their long war with the government. Pol Pot, mastermind of the genocidal 1975-79 "killing fields" regime, is said to be on the run in northern Cambodia.
Ranariddh wants to hasten their demise and forge political alliances with some of the rebels, while Hun Sen, who was with the Vietnamese invasion force that overthrew the rebels in 1979, has declared all talks with rebels illegal.
But both men want Pol Pot put before an international tribunal, a U.N. official said on Tuesday after meeting the two leaders.
Tuesday night's troubles failed to dissuade U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from continuing her plans for a scheduled visit to Phnom Penh next week.
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