Communist forces backed by tanks were reported to have launched another attack on the provincial capital of Xuan Loc today (Thursday).
Communist forces backed by tanks were reported to have launched another attack on the provincial capital of Xuan Loc today (Thursday). There was no immediate word on the result of the attack which followed fighting in the city's streets yesterday.
As the fighting raged throughout the day, Highway One just south of Xuan Loc was barricaded by South Vietnamese troops. Sand-filled oil drums were set up to prevent communist tanks from rolling quickly down the highway leading to the capital.
Hundreds of civilians and long queues of vehicles were halted at the road block. Troops carefully checked all identity cards and papers and allowed only a few civilians who lived nearby to pass the roadblock.
Intelligence officers say the battle at Kuan Loc as a critical one. The fall of the provincial capital would establish the insurgents in a solid are hardly more than 37 miles from Saigon and sweeping from Tay Hinh in the northwest to coastal Sinh Tuy in the east.