• Short Summary

    A COMMUNIST VIETCONG BOMB SHATTERED THE FIVE-STOREY UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN THE HEART OF SAIGON TODAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    A COMMUNIST VIETCONG BOMB SHATTERED THE FIVE-STOREY UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN THE HEART OF SAIGON TODAY (TUESDAY). THE BLAST KILLED 12 PEOPLE AND INJURED 150 OTHERS, MANY SERIOUSLY. AMONG THE INJURED WAS THE DEPUTY AMBASSADOR, MR. ALEXIS JOHNSON, WHO SUSTAINED A CUT ON THE FACE. AMBASSADOR GENERAL MAXWELL TAYLOR, IS IN WASHINGTON HAVING TALKS WITH AMERICAN OFFICIALS ON THE VIETNAM SITUATION. AT THE TIME OF THE EXPLOSION, THERE WERE ABOUT 80 AMERICANS AND 20 SOUTH VIETNAMESE IN THE EMBASSY. THE EXPLOSION WAS SAID TO BE THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL VIETCONG ATTACKS AGAINST THE EMBASSY.

    FOR THIRTY YARDS AROUND THE EMBASSY, THE STREETS WERE LITTERED WITH THE BODIES OF VIETNAMESE AND ONE, THAT OF A SMALL CHILD, LAY DRAPED ACROSS THE BONNET OF A BLAZING JEEP. MANY PEOPLE SEATED IN A CAFE OPPOSITE THE EMBASSY WERE WOUNDED BY FLYING GLASS AND DEBRIS.

    FROM THE GROUND TO THE THIRD FLOOR, OFFICES WERE SHAMBLES. A SEA OF BROKEN GLASS STAINED WITH BLOOD COVERED FLOODS. WORST HIT WAS THE CONSULAR SECTION ON THE GROUND FLOOR. SEVERED WIRES HUNG FROM CEILINGS AND WALLS AND DOORS, TORN FROM THEIR HINGES LAY ON THE FLOORS.

    THE BOMB WAS TAKEN BY TWO MEN IN A CAR TO A STREET BY THE SIDE OF THE EMBASSY WHERE THE BOMB EXPLODED. ONE OF THE TWO MEN WAS KILLED AND THE OTHER WAS ARRESTED AFTER A SHORT CHASE BY A VIETNAMESE TRAFFIC POLICEMAN ON A MOTORCYCLE. THE ARRESTED MAN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A VIETNAMESE, WHO IS 33. A SMALL CRATER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD MARKED THE SPOT WHERE THE BOMB WENT OFF.

    THE CASUALTY LIST: 10 VIETNAMESE DEAD, 97 INJURED, INCLUDING 19 SERIOUSLY. TWO AMERICANS, A WOMAN SECRETARY AND A MILITARY PERSONNAL WERE KILLED, SIX AMERICANS SERIOUSLY INJURED, 13 OTHERS IN HOSPITAL. A TOTAL OF 45 AMERICANS RECEIVED MEDICAL TREATMENT.

    MEANWHILE, AMERICAN AUTHORITIES HAVE DOUBLED GUARDS AND STEPPED UP SECURITY PRECAUTIONS AT ALL AMERICAN INSTALLATIONS FOLLOWING THE EXPLOSION. EMERGENCY PLANS WERE PUT INTO EFFECT TO USE 400 AMERICAN MILITARY POLICE WHO ARRIVED IN SAIGON LAST WEEK TO STRENGTHEN SECURITY AT AMERICAN FACILITIES AND INSTALLATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADFZRHN9UITRXINKREURX2LDAS
    Media URN:
    VLVADFZRHN9UITRXINKREURX2LDAS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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