An automobile loaded with high explosive detonated outside the American Embassy in Saigon, Tuesday, March 30.
An automobile loaded with high explosive detonated outside the American Embassy in Saigon, Tuesday, March 30.American President Lyndon Johnson called it a terrorist outrage.
A terrorist drove an automobile in front of the embassy and parked it there.When challenged, he drew a pistol and wounded several policemen.The bomb exploded, demolishing the car, tearing a gaping hole in the building, and shattering some 20 cars in the street and a cafe across the street.Twenty-one persons were killed, including two Americans, one a secretary inside the embassy.At least 175 persons were injured, mostly South Vietnamese who were passing by in the street.
Within minutes rescue efforts were organized, treating and evacuating the wounded.The terrorist who drove the car was killed in the explosion.A colleague was captured nearby.
As a result, police activity and security around the embassy has been increased.
President Johnson says this only reinforces American determinant to give more help to the South Vietnamese government.