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b AUSTRALIA ARMY PRESS RELEASE

Directorate of Public Relations, Army Headquarters, CANBERRA. A.C.T. 2600.

No. 6146

DIGGERS KILL SEVEN VIETCONG

NUI DAT: TUES -In four clashes between midnight and dawn today Australian troops killed seven Vietcong as they tried to escape from Hoa Long village only three miles south of here.

Troops of the 8th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, had ambushed positions near Hoa Long designed to trap the enemy who infiltrated into the village for food supplies.

Soon after midnight the VC who were leaving the village with bags of food ran into one ambush position; and shortly afterwards into another, on the wastern side of the village.

About 1 am another ambush was sprung, also on the western side.

Brief fire fights flared in all the contacts..

The last clash occurred at 6 am when another group of enemy tried to escape from the opposite side of the village.

But again an ambush was in position to stop them.

Besides seven bodies found at first light today there were indicat-ions that other VC had been wounded.

There were no Australian casualties.

This was the second time within four days that troops of 8RAR have clashed with VC near Hoa Long.

On Saturday night, 9 Platoon of Charlie Company, which was one of the sub units engaged in today's clashes, was involved in a 40 minute fire fight.

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Further information:

CANBERRA: I^;tajor E. Ross-Smith (65-4059) (86-1138)

15 April, 1970 STATES: ADPR AT COIl/LAND HEADQUARTERS