• Short Summary

    A SMALL GROUP OF VIET CONG LOBBING MORTAR SHELLS THROUGH A HOLE IN THE ROOF OF A HOUSE IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (MONDAY) KILLED 12 VIETNAMESE AND WOUNDED MANY OTHERS -- BUT MISSED THEIR TARGET, THE UNITED STATES CENTRAL MILITARY HEADQUARTERS.

  • Description

    A SMALL GROUP OF VIET CONG LOBBING MORTAR SHELLS THROUGH A HOLE IN THE ROOF OF A HOUSE IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (MONDAY) KILLED 12 VIETNAMESE AND WOUNDED MANY OTHERS -- BUT MISSED THEIR TARGET, THE UNITED STATES CENTRAL MILITARY HEADQUARTERS. IN WASHINGTON, AN OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN, MR. PHIL GOULDING, ANNOUNCED THE RESUMPTION OF THE AMERICAN BOMBING OF NORTH VIETNAM FOLLOWING THE END OF TET, THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVE SEASON.

    AMONG THOSE KILLED BY THE VIET CONG MORTAR ATTACK WERE NINE SOUTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS, WHILE ANOTHER NINE WERE INJURED. WHEN THE SHELL HIT THEIR CONVOY OF TRUCKS IT SET OFF FURTHER EXPLOSIONS OF WHITE PHOSPHOROUS SHELLS. THE VIET CONG, THOUGHT TO BE TWO MEN AND A WOMAN, WERE A MILE AWAY FROM THEIR AMERICAN TARGET AND MISSED IT BY 100 YARDS (91 METRES).

    ANOTHER VIET CONG SHELL EXPLODED OUTSIDE THE DOOR OF A SENIOR BRITISH EMBASSY OFFICIAL'S HOUSE. SHRAPNEL RIPPED THROUGH THE HOUSE BUT THE FAMILY INSIDE WERE UNHURT. A THIRD SHELL BURST THROUGH THE ROOF OF A NEARBY BUILDING BUT FAILED TO EXPLODE. THE VIET CONG THEN FLED AFTER PLANTING A TIME BOMB IN THE HOUSE. THE BOMB KILLED ANOTHER THREE VIETNAMESE, AND INJURED ANOTHER 30.

    IT WAS THE MOST DRAMATIC VIET CONG ATTACK ON SAIGON FOR MONTHS, AND BROKE THE VIET CONG'S OWN DECLARED SEVEN-DAY LUNAR NEW YEAR TRUCE. SAIGON POLICE ACCUSE THE VIET CONG OF USING THE TRUCE TO SET UP THEIR MORTAR. IN WASHINGTON, THE UNITED STATES DECISION TO RESUME ITS BOMBING OF MILITARY TARGETS WAS ANNOUNCED BY MR. PHIL GOULDING.......

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    Film ID:
    VLVAWU4FJS9V4VYO44IAP5LX0TBI
    Media URN:
    VLVAWU4FJS9V4VYO44IAP5LX0TBI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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