KARACHI, Pakistan, Dec. 6, 1971 (UPI) -- Two days of intensive air raids by Indian warplanes over West Pakistani cities have killed at least 71 persons and wounded 215, government spokesmen said today. The Indian aircraft have "bombed and strafed civilian areas," the spokesmen said.
Life in this major port city was comparatively normal and there appeared to be no shortage of food. Officials said sugar and wheat were available in ration centers under normal quotas. Spirits seemed high among the citizens of Karachi.
But foreigners were being removed by the hundreds, including 405 persons -- 378 of them Americans -- who left yesterday. British, French and West German nationals also were trying to get out of the country. West Germany and Australia said they were sending in relief planes.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman said that 378 Americans departed yesterday from the estimated 1,500 U.S. citizens living in Pakistan, 700 of them in Karachi.
Official spokesmen said two Indian warplanes were shot down over Karachi last night in at least three aerial attacks.
In a five-minute raid, the spokesmen said, the Indian planes attacked a tool and machinery factory in Landhi built with Communist Chinese aid. Minor damage was reported.
India, meanwhile, said a task force sank the 2,500-ton Pakistani destroyer Khaibar and probably sank two other ships including the 1,700-ton destroyer Shah Jahan. The Khaibar was formerly the British HMS Cadiz and the Shah Jahan was previously the HMS Charity.
Pakistani spokesman said there was fierce fighting all along the western border and Pakistani troops were advancing into Indian territory at a number of places. Pakistani troops were holding their own in other areas, he said.