A Royal Air Force Search and Rescue launch was damaged when a home-made pipe-type bomb exploded underneath it, at the RAF Khormaksar Marine Craft Section in the early hours of this morning (Friday).
A Royal Air Force Search and Rescue launch was damaged when a home-made pipe-type bomb exploded underneath it, at the RAF Khormaksar Marine Craft Section in the early hours of this morning (Friday). An Arab nightwatchman on duty near the boat was taken to hospital suffering from severe shock. The high-speed launch was in a cradle on dry land outside the Marine Craft section, and undergoing an overhaul.
This is Aden's second bomb explosion within six days. Both bombs were identical in manufacture, consisting of a short water-pipe, blocked at each end and filled with gunpowder and steel splinter. Although there were a series of bomb explosions in 1958 in Aden, consisting of sticks of gelignite used by fishermen, this is the first time pipe-type bombs have been used. The main function of the damaged launch, and also the Marine Craft section, is to put to sea to rescue survivors of ships and aircraft in distress, including Arab vessels. The damaged launch is 68 feet long, has a crew of 12, and has a cruising speed of 32 knots. This particular Marine Craft section has the biggest area to cover of any such section in the RAF. Their area stretches from Aden 2,000 miles around the coast of Arabia to Bahrain, and across the Gulf of Aden to Berbera and Djibouti on the African mainland. Service and Civilian police are investigating the incident.