• Short Summary

    MILITARY POLICE CORDONED OFF A UNITED STATES OFFICERS BILLET IN THE CENTRE OF SAIGON YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) SHORTLY AFTER AN 18-MAN VIETCONG SQUAD BLASTED IT BEFORE DAWN.

  • Description

    MILITARY POLICE CORDONED OFF A UNITED STATES OFFICERS BILLET IN THE CENTRE OF SAIGON YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) SHORTLY AFTER AN 18-MAN VIETCONG SQUAD BLASTED IT BEFORE DAWN. THE LIGHTNING BOMB, GUN AND GRENADE ATTACK KILLED SIX MEN AND WOUNDED 85.

    SIX MINUTES OF PRE-DAWN BATTLE LEFT FIVE FLOORS OF THE 10-STOREY HOTEL VICTORIA BILLET SHATTERED AND ITS FOUR GUARDS -- THESE AMERICAN MILITARY POLICEMEN AND A VIETNAMESE POLICEMEN DIED INSTANTANEOUSLY. THE OTHER TWO DEAD WERE VIETNAMESE EMPLOYED IN THE BILLET.

    SEVENTY TWO OF THE WOUNDED WERE AMERICANS. SOME OF THE ATTACKERS WERE ALSO REPORTED KILLED, BUT THE NUMBER WAS NOT STATED. TWO WERE ARRESTED AS THEY FLED ON MOTORISED BICYCLES AFTER HURLING GRENADES.

    SOME 200 POUNDS OF EXPLOSIVE, DRIVE UP IN A GREY TRUCK DURING A RUNNING GUNFIGHT, BURST WITH A BLINDING FLASH OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR. SEVERAL ARMY VEHICLE PARKED OUTSIDE THE BILLET WERE BADLY DAMAGED.

    THE ASSAULT ON THE BILLET, WHICH HOUSED SOME 200 OFFICERS OF ALL THE AMERICAN SERVICES AND A SMALL NUMBER OF FILIPINO OFFICERS, WAS PART OF A DECLARED CAMPAIGN BY THE VIETCONG TO STRIKE AT AMERICAN IN SOUTH VIETNAM'S CAPITAL.

    IT WAS THE MOST VIOLENT SINCE LAST DECEMBER WHEN THE VIETCONG USED SIMILAR TACTICS AGAINST THE HOTEL METROPOLE BILLET, KILLING EIGHT AND WOUNDING 100. ONE YEAR AGO, 17 PEOPLE DIED AND MORE THAN 200 WERE WOUNDED IN A BOMB BLAST AT THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN SAIGON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVANJM5R3JP7HQ4GSDO4PQQY3X1
    Media URN:
    VLVANJM5R3JP7HQ4GSDO4PQQY3X1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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