THAI COMMUNISTS ATTACK US-OCCUPIED AIR BASF
terrorists have made no attempt to follow up their raid on the Udorn Air Base, which appears to have been locally inspired.
The brief night attack onuly, which apparently was targeted mainly against USaircraft, was carried out by some ten tcnorists armed "withutomatic weapons and crude demolition charges. The raiders were quite inept but managed, nevertheless, to damage two aircraft by gunfire while killing one Thai and wounding fourdefenders. Two of thewere killed.
Although Thai military and police units have now been alerted to attacks against US^occupied air bases in insurgent-infested northeast Thailand, US officials consider the basesto similar attacks. The raid may, however, prod Bangkok
to Implement more effective base security measures, heretofore handled by local officials.
The lack of discipline and the poor condition of theof the attackers suggest that the raid was undertaken on local initiative. Thai insurgents have, however, traditionallytraining, arms, and frora the Pathet Lao and Hanoi.
The Thai Communists have been not*-'ously unsuccessful in their military efforts against Thai security forcesxand may have hopedramatic move would improve their image and also demonstrate their capability tolow against the USith national elections coming up, the
Thai Communists may also believe that the time is right to bring susceptible and politically .
influential Thais to question the