Four rockets slammed into the outskirts of Saigon on Friday nigh (14 April), killing at least 15 people.
GV PAN and CU damage from rockets (4 shots)
SV & CU Funeral for victim (5 shots)
CU Girl who narrowly escaped attack.
GV & SV Damage to homes (2 shots)
GV PAN Bomb damage near air base.
GV & CU digging for bomb fragments by U.S. disposal experts (3 shots)
GV People looking at damaged buildings (3 shots)
Four rockets slammed into the outskirts of Saigon Friday night, killing at least fifteen civilians. Many people were buried under debris and there was fear that the death toll could go higher.
Relatives mourned their dead in little houses next to the new devastation. It's a mainly Roman Catholic community, of people who have already lost their homes in villages and towns elsewhere in South Vietnam. They have been forced to seek refuge in Saigon, both for their safety and because there is a better chance of earning a living there, after a villager's home and crops have been destroyed by the war.
This girl was not indoors when the rocket fell on her house. She has now lost her parents, sisters and brothers. Eleven died on this spot.
Altogether four rockets fell. One did land just inside the Headquarters of the South Vietnamese Airborne Brigade on the south side of Tan Son Nhut airport. It did no damage, but U.S. explosives experts came to check fragments of the rocket warhead. The rocket was fired at the base from a range of some seven miles.
Saigon's people are all too used to war, but the city has not been hit hard by rockets since the let offensive of 1968. This may have been just an isolated harassing attack, but there is much speculation here that the next phase of the present offensive could produce far worse for Saigon.
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Background: Four rockets slammed into the outskirts of Saigon on Friday nigh (14 April), killing at least 15 people. The rockets hit near the Tan Son Nhut Air Base, where U.S. forces were immediately placed on an "under attack" red alert.
Only one of the rockets came near the Air Base. The other three struck a shanty town nearby. Several of those killed were buried under debris, and it was thought that the death toll could go higher. Rockets falling on homes at night in Saigon greatly increase the chances for a high death toll, as a strict curfew keeps most people off the streets.
On Saturday, more than 10 heavy rockets hit the northern city of Da Nang, killing at least 20 people. Neither Saigon nor Da Nang has been hit by major rocket attacks since the 1968 Tet offensive.