• Short Summary

    AN AMERICAN ARMY BILLET IN CENTRAL SAIGON YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) WAS BLASTED WITH BOMBS AND EXPLOSIVES BY VIETCONG RAIDERS.

  • Description

    AN AMERICAN ARMY BILLET IN CENTRAL SAIGON YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) WAS BLASTED WITH BOMBS AND EXPLOSIVES BY VIETCONG RAIDERS. THE ATTACK WAS MADE JUST BEFORE DAWN.

    THEY CHARGED THE BUILDING WITH CARS LADEN WITH EXPLOSIVES AND FOUGHT A GUN BATTLE WITH AMERICAN POLICE GUARDS. SOME OF THE TERRORISTS ESCAPED IN A CAR WHILE OTHERS WERE HIT BY POLICE GUNFIRE.

    THE EXPLOSION KILLED 10 PEOPLE, INCLUDING TWO AMERICAN SERVICEMEN. NEARLY 130 PEOPLE WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED, AMONG THEM 67 AMERICANS.

    THE BLAST, CAUSED BY AT LEAST TWO-HUNDRED WEIGHT OF PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES, BLEW IN THE FRONT OF THE SEVEN-STOREY BILLET. IT RIPPED INTO SEVERAL BUS QUEUES AND BLEW IN THE FRONTS OF A ROW OF SHOPS AND BARS.

    THE RAID WAS THE BIGGEST VIETCONG ATTACK IN SAIGON SINCE A FLOATING RESTAURANT WAS BOMBED FOUR MONTHS AGO KILLING 37 PEOPLE.

    THE UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR, MR HENRY CABOT LODGE, WHO VISITED THE SCENE, DESCRIBED THE ATTACK AS WANTON TERRORISM.

    WITHIN MINUTES OF THE BLAST, VIETNAMESE AND UNITED STATES POLICE SEALED OFF THE AREA WHILE RESCUE WORKERS SEARCHED FOR DEAD AND WOUNDED IN THE BLAZING DEBRIS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA876VI5LWKJ5169NRQ96VO1JWW
    Media URN:
    VLVA876VI5LWKJ5169NRQ96VO1JWW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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