• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAM CELEBRATED ITS NATIONAL DAY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) WITH A MASSIVE MILITARY PARADE. BUT VIETCONG?

  • Description

    SOUTH VIETNAM CELEBRATED ITS NATIONAL DAY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) WITH A MASSIVE MILITARY PARADE. BUT VIETCONG GUERRILLAS MARKED THE OCCASION BY RAINING 24 HIGH EXPLOSIVE SHELLS INTO THE HEART OF SAIGON. SOME OF THE SHELLS LANDED TO WITHIN A FEW YARDS OF THE SCENE OF THE PARADE WHILE OTHERS HIT DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CAPITAL KILLING AT LEAST EIGHT PEOPLE AND MOUNDING 25 OTHERS.

    THE ATTACK ON SAIGON CAME IN TWO WAVES. THE FIRST JUST BEFORE OFFICIAL GUESTS WERE DUE TO ASSEMBLE TO WATCH THE COLOURFUL PARADE, AND THE SECOND WHILE THE PARADE WAS IN FULL SWING.

    SIX COUNTRIES ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR TOOK PART IN THE PARADE. IT WAS WATCHED BY A CROWD OF 10,000, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER NGUYEN CAO KY, HIS CABINET MINISTERS, DIPLOMATS AND VISITING FOREIGN DIGNITARIES.

    MOST OF THE CASUALTIES IN THE SAIGON ATTACKS CAME FROM ONE ISOLATED SHELL WHICH LANDED IN THE CITY'S PACKED CENTRAL MARKET PLACE SENDING SHRAPNEL TEARING THROUGH CROWDS OF PEOPLE ON THEIR WAY TO WATCH THE PARADE.

    BLOOD COVERED THE STREET AND BLOODSOAKED SHOES LITTERED THE AREA.

    THE ATTACKS WERE THE FIRST COMMUNIST BOMBARDMENT OF THE CAPITAL SINCE THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE 1954 GENEVA AGREEMENT ON VIETNAM.

    POLICE SOURCES SAID SEVEN VIETCONG SUSPECTS, REPORTED TO BE ARMED WITH GRENADES, HAD LATER BEEN DETAINED. TWO WERE FOUND NEAR THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL.

    THE VIETCONG FIRED THE 75 MM CHINESE-MADE RECOILLESS RIFLE SHELLS FROM A VILLAGE IN THE SUBURBS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC284K3X850UMZSIBNH4KFQVVO
    Media URN:
    VLVAC284K3X850UMZSIBNH4KFQVVO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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