A bomb smuggled into the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., exploded near a secret air?
GV Bomb-damaged ladies' toilet area
CU PAN Rubble on floor
SV Sign on wall "Women", TILT DOWN TO workmen placing rubble in cart
SV Police and others in hallway
MV Soldier with dog
MV People walking through doorway
MV Police checking briefcase
CU Sign "PACKAGE INSPECTION", TILT UP TO CU police-man's face
MV People passing policeman.
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Background: A bomb smuggled into the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., exploded near a secret air force area on Friday (19 May), blowing out walls and doors, damaging computer equipment and sending torrents of water flooding to floors below. There were no injuries in the explosion, which occurred in a fourth floor women's toilet of the massive Defence Department headquarters.
An extreme militant left-wing offshoot of the liberal Students for a Democratic Society organisation, calling themselves the "Weather Men", claimed responsibility for the attack. They said it was in protest against the stepping-up of the Vietnam war. They also said the bomb was in honour of the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, the late leader of North Vietnam.
Police used dogs in the search after the blast.
First reports said the secret air force area itself was damaged. But this was later denied by Pentagon officials who said that although the damaged computer equipment was used for restricted purposes, the top secret air force area wasn't damaged.