Soldiers of the crack Scottish Black Watch Regiment today (Sunday) set out to reinforce British peace-keeping units in Belfast.
SV Soldiers of Black Watch loading vehicles & equipment (3 shots)
SV ZOOM BACK soldiers with documents
SV Soldier checks rifle
SV Land Rover leaves
GV Site of bomb blast on open ground
SV Barbed wire across road
LV Street name 'Vere Street'
GV Workmen examine damaged transformer & wall (2 shots)
SV Repair work in progress (3 shots)
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Background: Soldiers of the crack Scottish Black Watch Regiment today (Sunday) set out to reinforce British peace-keeping units in Belfast. Overnight, the Northern Ireland capital had been shaken by several bomb lasts, one of them damaging and electricity sub-station and blacking out cores of houses and a hospital.
The 550 men of the Black Watch will bring the active peace-keeping forces in Ulster to over 13,500. The soldiers will be withdrawn again next week providing annual Protestant celebrations in Londonderry--commemorating the relief of the city after a Catholic siege in 1689-- pass off peacefully.
But the new bomb outrages in Belfast this week-end provided an uneasy omen for the week ahead. One big explosion shook hundreds of houses in the western part of the city. Police reported no damage and thought the blast was caused by gelignite detonated on open ground.
After the midnight explosion at the electricity sub-station, engineers quickly moved in to restore power supplies while bomb disposal experts checked whether the blast was a deliberate act of sabotage.
In a third blast, outside the city, the main British customs post on the trunk road to Dublin was blown up. No-one was hurt in any of the explosions.