Nine people were killed and 54 wounded when Viet Cong rockets rained on Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airbase and surrounding villages on Wednesday (6 December).
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Background: Nine people were killed and 54 wounded when Viet Cong rockets rained on Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airbase and surrounding villages on Wednesday (6 December).
It was the heaviest rocket raid on Saigon's suburbs since February, 1968. At least 53 rockets were reported to have been fired from positions on the north-east outskirts of the capital.
Explosions from the rockets echoed across Saigon at breakfast time and the base was sealed off. Many civilians were evacuated after both airbase installations and homes were shattered in the attack.
Military sources claimed the missiles were 122 mm rockets made in the Soviet Union.
Observers said the attack was apparently a reminder to the Saigon Government that the Communists were still able to carry on with the war if there was no ceasefire agreement. The attack came after a one-day suspension of the Paris peace talks between United States envoy Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho.