• Short Summary

    FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN SAIGON'S CENTRAL MARKET EARLY YESTERDAY (FEB 23) WHEN VIET CONG GUERRILLAS ATTACKED THE AREA WITH ROCKETS.

  • Description

    FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN SAIGON'S CENTRAL MARKET EARLY YESTERDAY (FEB 23) WHEN VIET CONG GUERRILLAS ATTACKED THE AREA WITH ROCKETS.

    SIX ROCKETS, EACH SIX FOOT (NEARLY TWO METRES) LONG, SMASHED ON TO THE MARKET AREA, DESTROYING TEN SHOPS AND DAMAGING A POLICE STATION. FOUR POLICEMEN AND ONE CIVILIAN DIED AND SEVEN CIVILIANS WERE WOUNDED.

    IT WAS THE FIRST ROCKET ATTACK ON SAIGON IN FOUR MONTHS, AND AFTER THE FIREMEN HAD BROUGHT THE FIRES UNDER CONTROL, DAWN CAME AND THE MARKET MEN AND WOMEN SEARCHED THROUGH THE WRECKAGE FOR THE REMAINS OF THEIR STOCK -- COOKING POTS, FRUIT AND VEGETABLES.

    THE ATTACK WAS ONE OF A WAVE OF FIERCE ROCKET AND MORTAR ATTACKS AND GROUND ASSAULTS ON CITIES AND BASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. A GIANT GOVERNMENT AMMUNITION DUMP AT THE NORTHERN MILITARY BASE AT DA NANG BLAZED AND EXPLODED FOR HOURS AFTER IT WAS HIT BY ROCKETS.

    IN SAIGON OTHER ROCKETS LANDED NEAR THE SAIGON RIVER ON THE EDGE OF THE CITY, WOUNDING THREE SOUTH VIETNAMESE AT THE NAVAL BASE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAWXAUKL6QGF5RHD6W56H1MZOZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAWXAUKL6QGF5RHD6W56H1MZOZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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