ARANYAPRATHET, Thailand — Vietnam has moved armored vehicles and thousands of troops into the captured Cambodian guerrilla base at Ampil to consolidate its hold on the camp near the Thai border, rebels said Saturday.
At least 7,000 Vietnamese soldiers are now based in the sprawling camp 43 miles northeast of the major Thai border town of Aranyaprathet, the radio of the rebel Khmer People's National Liberation Front said. The broadcast, monitored here, said 12 Soviet-built T-54 tanks and 16 armored personnel carriers also were at the former rebel headquarters.
The non-communist Khmer Front is one of three Chinese-backed Cambodian rebel groups fighting an estimated 160,000 Vietnamese occupation troops.
The capture of Ampil on Tuesday in a fierce two-day attack using heavy artillery and tanks completed a Vietnamese sweep of major Khmer Front bases along the Thai-Cambodian border 120 miles east of Bangkok.
Lt. Gen. Salya Sripen, commander of Thailand's Eastern Force army, in a briefing on the border situation, said that all was quiet and that fighting at Ampil had stopped.