Hundreds of Cambodian resistance troops launched attacks Monday on five government military bases in western Cambodia, a Thai military officer said.
About 700 Cambodian resistance soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Lai Weera, commander of the 6th Division of the Khmer People's National Liberation Front (KPNLF), launched the simultaneous attacks before dawn Monday, said the officer, who asked not to be identified.Heavy artillery shelling could be heard in Aranyaprathet on the Thai-Cambodian border, about eight miles from the battlefield.
The officer said the targets of the attacks were five artillery bases and military outposts near Highway 5, leading to the strategic crossroads town of Sisophon, 185 miles northwest of Phnom Penh.
There were no immediate reports of casualties , but heavy losses on both sides were expected from the heavy fighting, he said.
The KPNLF, together with its allies, have been on the offensive against government troops since the end of September.