Incident Summary:

11/24/2000: In one of two simultaneous attacks, eight people were killed and at least fourteen wounded when as many as seventy anti-government rebels stormed state offices and battled security forces in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The rebels threw grenades and used AK-47s in an exchange of fire with soldiers and police outside the Ministry of Defense and Cabinet buildings. Police believed that the attacks were perpetrated by the anti-government group, the Cambodian Freedom Fighters (CFF).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Cambodian Ministry of Defense
Specific Description Cambodian Ministry of Defense building
Nationality of Target Cambodia
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Cambodian Cabinet
Specific Description The Cambodian Cabinet building
Nationality of Target Cambodia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. 200011240001-2).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Cambodian Freedom Fighters (CFF) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 70
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Eight killed, 14 wounded in Cambodian capital fighting,” Agence France Presse, November 24, 2000.
Dan Eaton, “Seven killed in Cambodian capital gunbattles,” Agence France Presse, November 24, 2000.
"40 gunmen kill 7, hurt 12 in Cambodia office attack,” Deseret News, November 24, 2000.