• Short Summary

    AN 18-MAN VIETCONG SQUAD BATTLED ITS WAY DOWN A STREET IN CENTRAL SAIGON AND BLASTED AN AMERICAN OFFICER'S BILLET JUST BEFORE DAWN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) KILLING SEVEN AND WOULDING 127.

  • Description

    AN 18-MAN VIETCONG SQUAD BATTLED ITS WAY DOWN A STREET IN CENTRAL SAIGON AND BLASTED AN AMERICAN OFFICER'S BILLET JUST BEFORE DAWN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) KILLING SEVEN AND WOULDING 127.

    THE EXPLOSION RIPPED THROUGH FIVE FLOORS OF A NINE STOREY HOTEL WHICH WAS USED AS AN AMERICAN OFFICERS BILLET AND TORE INTO VIETNAMESE HOUSES ACROSS THE STREET. THREE U.S. MILITARY POLICEMEN AND FOUR VIETNAMESE DIED IN THE BLAST OR THE GUN BATTLE BEFORE IT.

    THE WELL PLANNED ATTACK WAS CARRIED OUT IN DARKNESS, ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE THE 4 A. M. CITY CURFEW WAS LIFTED. GUNMEN WERE BELIEVED TO HAVE ARRIVED FIRST SPRAYING MACHINE GUN FIRE AND LOBBING GRENADES TO COVER THE ARRIVAL OF A VAN CARRYING ABOUT 500 POUNDS (250 KILOS) OF PLASTIC EXPLOSIVE. THE VAN WAS DRIVEN RIGHT UP TO THE HOTEL ENTRANCE BEFORE IT WAS EXPLODED. POLICE SAID LATER THAT THEY HAD CAPTURED TWO MEN WHO HAD CONFESSED THEY WERE MEMBERS OF THE TEAM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5V7K64QCI3CAOBKZNZXHZRUU3
    Media URN:
    VLVA5V7K64QCI3CAOBKZNZXHZRUU3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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