One person was injured and a passing taxi lifted two feet (.6 metres) in the air when a bomb explosion blasted off the front wall of a British Army recruiting office in Belfast on Friday morning (July 3).
GV Army recruiting office
SV PAN. Sign outside to debris in doorway
SV PAN. Blown out shop front
CU Bricks & debris (2 shots)
CU Army sergeant
CU PAN. Broken windows
GV PAN Military checkpoint to Lord Ealneil talking army officer
LV PAN. Lord Balneal's car with escort tours area
TRANSCRIPTS: SEQ. 8: BALNEAL: "This is manned at night is it?
OFFICER: The barrier here is closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. all night. Open again at 6 in the morning and it's manned with extra sentries during the night-time."
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Background: One person was injured and a passing taxi lifted two feet (.6 metres) in the air when a bomb explosion blasted off the front wall of a British Army recruiting office in Belfast on Friday morning (July 3). The blast was heard 6 miles (9.6 km) away by soldiers on duty. By Friday night a curfew had been imposed on part of the city after 2 people died and 20 were injured in an outbreak of violence.
A policeman patrolling the street said that there was a terrific explosion before the front of the building fell out onto the street.
An Army spokesman said the damage was caused by two explosions. One explosive was apparently placed at the side of the building and the other thrown in through a side window.
Britain's 11,000 peace-keeping troops in Belfast were preparing for further Catholic-Protestant trouble as the weekend approached, and the British Deputy Defence Minister, Lord Balneal arrived in the city on Thursday night for talks with military commanders about the role the Army should take in sectarian eruptions.
On Friday morning, troops sealed off 13 streets in the Crumlin Road area, where some of last weekend's bitterest fighting took place. Barricades consisted in some places of an eight foot (2.4 metre) wall of corrugated iron, and in other cases streets were fenced off with barbed wire.
Last year barricades were set up between the Protestant Shankhill Road district and the Catholic Falls Road.
On Friday, Lord Balneal warned that British troops will open fire if necessary in any future riots in Northern Ireland, but he declined to specify what the precise circumstances were in which an order to fire would be given. Speaking at a press conference, he stressed the need for restraint in all peace-keeping operations.
The Minister said that he was confident that enough troops were on hand in Northern Ireland to keep order but said that all the necessary steps had been taken to ensure that reinforcements were available if needed.
Speaking to an Army officer at a street barricade, Lord Balneal asked: