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.
GV Firemen at fire-damaged building (4 shots)
SCU Witness being interviewed:
GV Onlookers watch as fire appliances arrive at burning offices (2 shots)
SV Burning building and firemen fight flames
MV Armed troops on Land Rover passing
GV Dock entrance
MV Police checkpoint sign
MLV & MV Police checking vehicles.
TRANSCRIPT: BLAKEY: "One man with a bomb and another with a gun walked into the restaurant. Staff and customers escaped minutes before the bomb exploded, but six people in the street were injured. A barber across the street had a narrow escape."
QUESTION (SEQ. 2): "Were you in the shop when the bomb went off?"
QUESTION: "What happened?"
BARBER: "It just blew in, that's all. And we were flung to the far side of the shop."
QUESTION: "You were?"
BARBER: "Two of us."
QUESTION: "No customers having a shave?"
BARBER: "No customers. We were very lucky."
QUESTION: "You must have been frightened?"
BARBER: "We were scared, you know."
BLAKEY: "Less than half an hour later, another mile away, an office was partly destroyed by another bomb planted by gunmen. Two armed men held up the staff and told them they had ten minutes to get out. Six people who were travelling in a bus outside were injured. In the docks, sealed off from the public, there was a gun battle between the police and men attempting a raid on a wages office. One of the raiders and one of the policemen were injured in the gunfire, and two men were detained."
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Background: 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.