• Short Summary

    Urban guerrillas launched a massive bomb attack in Northern Ireland's two major cities on Thursday (3 March) as troops patrolled the province to keep security during the Sorder Referendum.

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    Urban guerrillas launched a massive bomb attack in Northern Ireland's two major cities on Thursday (3 March) as troops patrolled the province to keep security during the Sorder Referendum.

    As thousands of people were casting their votes on whether the province should keep its ties with Britain or break away to join the irish Republic, five bombs rocked Central Belfast, and five more exploded in Londonderry.

    Warnings were given before nearly every blast, and this may have accounted for nobody being seriously injured. The blasts in Belfast wrecked two shops,and badly damaged a warehouse and two hotels. In Londonderry, shops and a police station were the target.

    All the votes were taken to Newton Abbey under heavy military escort. They will all be counted on Friday, (9 March) when the result is expected to be announced.

    SYNOPSIS: In Belfast on Thursday, urban guerrillas unleashed a familiar enemy - bombs. It happened as tens of thousands of people were casting their votes in the Border Referendum. Only two hours after polling began, the bombs began. First a supermarket, then a city hotel. The damage was enormous.

    In Londonderry, the target was a police station, then smaller shops. Luckily, warnings preceded each attack, and nobody was seriously hurt. Already, reliable sources put the blame for the attacks squarely on the Provisional Wing of the Irish Republican Army. A few shots were fired at one polling station in Belfast, but it was empty, and nobody was hurt.

    The bombing overshadowed the Border Referendum which started outside Belfast early on Thursday under heavy security. Army convoys took ballot boxes and officers out to the polling stations at dawn. The job of the 35-thousand security forces was to ensure that just over a million people were free to vote or not to vote without intimidation. The result of the poll should be known on Friday night.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2T8O1INJYBXJZV71WM864HS75
    Media URN:
    VLVA2T8O1INJYBXJZV71WM864HS75
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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