A mother and her two children were injured in New York on Monday (September 20) when a bomb exploded outside the Congo Democratic Republic's Mission to the United Nations.
A mother and her two children were injured in New York on Monday (September 20) when a bomb exploded outside the Congo Democratic Republic's Mission to the United Nations. They were passing by at the time of the explosion, which blew out several windows. Shortly afterwards, another bomb was discovered at the Malawi Mission to the U.N., but was removed unexploded by police. Later an anonymous telephone caller to a news agency claimed that a "black revolutionary" group had planted the bombs in protest against the Congolese and Malawi governments, which he claimed would not allow revolutionaries to cross into their neighbouring Portuguese colonies. A 16-year-old-boy has since been arrested and charged with arson and the possession of a bomb and a loaded gun in connection with the explosion outside the Congolese Mission.
This film, shot shortly after the explosion, shows activity outside the Congolese Mission and some unusual coverage when police removed the unexploded device from the Malawi Mission.
SYNOPSIS: A mother and her two children were injured by flying glass in New York on Monday when a bomb exploded outside the Congo Democratic Republic's Mission to the United Nations. One of the children, a three-year-old girl, was seriously hurt. Immediately after the explosion, which came on the eve of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, a 16-year-old boy was arrested and later charged with arson and the possession of a bomb and a loaded gun. The bomb had been planted at the top of a flight of stairs leading to the Mission's offices.
Shortly afterwards, a similar bomb was discovered several blocks away at the Malawi Mission to the U.N. It had been planted in an alcove. Several floors of the building were evacuated and police bomb squad experts removed the device unexploded. It was carried away in a special bomb-proof truck.
Following the two incidents, an anonymous telephone caller told a news agency that the bombs had been planted by a "black revolutionary" group in protest against the Democratic Congo and Malawi governments. They had, the caller claimed, refused to allow revolutionaries to cross their countries into neighbouring Portuguese colonies - where guerilla campaigns are being carried out against Portuguese troops.