• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE POLICE TODAY (MONDAY) CLAMPED A TIGHT CORDON ROUND THE NATIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN SAIGON WHICH WAS ROCKED BY A VIETCONG BOMB ATTACK EARLIER IN THE DAY.

  • Description

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE POLICE TODAY (MONDAY) CLAMPED A TIGHT CORDON ROUND THE NATIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN SAIGON WHICH WAS ROCKED BY A VIETCONG BOMB ATTACK EARLIER IN THE DAY. ALL REPORTERS AND CAMERAMEN WERE BARRED FROM ENTERING THE HEADQUARTERS - ONLY AMBULANCES AND OFFICIALS WERE ADMITTED. THE BLAST RIPPED THE OFFICES OF THE SPECIAL POLICE -- A FORCE OF HEAVILY ARMED, STEEL HELMETED POLICE USED TO QUELL DEMONSTRATIONS -- DEMOLISHING ABOUT HALF OF THE BUILDING. IT LEFT THREE POLICE DEAD AND 17 OTHER PEOPLE, INCLUDING FOUR AMERICANS, INJURED.

    THE ATTACK WAS THE BIGGEST TERRORIST ACTION IN SAIGON SINCE THE BOMBING OF A FLOATING RESTAURANT LAST JUNE WHICH KILLED 42 AND INJURED MORE THAN 80.

    A SQUAD OF SIX TERRORISTS USED THREE CARS TO STAGE THE BOLD RAID. WHILE ONE CAR BURST INTO THE COURTYARD OF THE HEADQUARTERS, ARMED TERRORISTS IN A SECOND CAR SHOT DEAD TWO POLICEGUARDS AT THE ENTRANCE. ONE OF THE TERRORISTS WAS WOUNDED BUT HIS COMPANIONS CARRIED HIM TO SAFETY. ALL SIX ESCAPED. THEY LEFT THEIR GETAWAY CAR BOOBY-TRAPPED WITH A TEN-POUND EXPLOSIVE CHARGED AFTER ABANDONING IT, BUT POLICE DEFUSED IT BEFORE TOWING IT AWAY.

    MEANWHILE, A POLICE DRAGNET HAS BEEN DROPPED OVER SAIGON AND ITS TWIN CITY OF CHOLON IN AN ATTEMPT TO CATCH THE TERRORISTS. ALL VEHICLES ARE BEING STOPPED AND SEARCHED AND THE IDENTITY PAPERS OF DRIVERS ARE CLOSELY CHECKED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB8Z0RTDECKHMB7OG6UX373HV4
    Media URN:
    VLVAB8Z0RTDECKHMB7OG6UX373HV4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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