Violence in Northern Ireland is beginning to take-on a new pattern--a few days lull followed by a sudden outbreak of explosions and casualties.
Violence in Northern Ireland is beginning to take-on a new pattern--a few days lull followed by a sudden outbreak of explosions and casualties. Today (Thursday), the relative peace of the last few days was shattered by several bomb attacks and a gun-battle during an attempted robbery.
The first of the explosions wrecked a restaurant in the heart of the city, injuring several people and starting a fire. B.B.C. cameras were on the scene shortly after the blast. Michael Blakey compiled a report of this and another bomb attack, and interviewed an eye-witness:
SYNOPSIS: After a brief lull, a new outbreak of explosions brought terror to the centre of Belfast on Thursday. Two gunmen planted a bomb in this restaurant, injuring six people. A barber, with a shop across the street, described the attack:
Thirty minutes later, an office equipment showroom a mile away was the target. Two gunmen staff ten minutes to leave--but the bomb they planted injured six people in the street.
At Belfast docks, barred to the public, there was a gun-battle between harbour police and three gunmen trying to hold up a wages office. One on each side was wounded, but all three gunmen were captured.