November 10, 1971 : Khmer Rouge forces attack Phnom Penh airport

Introduction

Communist forces bombard the airport at the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, killing 25 persons and wounding 30. This attack was another chapter in the Communist Khmer Rouge war against the government troops of Prime Minister Lon Nol. Nine airplanes were damaged in the attack. At the same time, another Khmer Rouge unit attacked a government radio transmission facility nine miles to the northwest of the city, leaving 19 Cambodians dead. This assault left Phnom Penh without access to international communications networks for several hours.

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November 10, 1971 : Khmer Rouge forces attack Phnom Penh airport

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

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    November 10, 1971 : Khmer Rouge forces attack Phnom Penh airport

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  • Access Date

    December 15, 2017

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