• Short Summary

    A wave of bomb attacks in Belfast on Friday (2 January) caused chaos in the Ulster capital's main business centre and left three stores blazing into the night.

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    A wave of bomb attacks in Belfast on Friday (2 January) caused chaos in the Ulster capital's main business centre and left three stores blazing into the night.

    A total of four bombs went off within an hour of each other, as thousands of workers and shoppers were leaving for home, but no-one was hurt.

    Shortly before closing time, three terrorists planted bombs on the first and second floors of one oft he city's main furniture stores. Although staff were able to raise the alarm and the area was sealed off by police, the explosives went off before Army technical experts arrived to defuse the devices.

    Thirty minutes later, a third bomb exploded in a nearby men's clothing store. Two armed men had carried the device into the building and given the staff a half-hour to clear the premises. Minutes afterwards, another two men carried a fourth bomb into a second clothing store around the corner.

    All four explosions sparked off major fires, severely damaging all the stores. Fears that further bombs might be concealed nearby and a strong wind made fire-fighting difficult, but firemen were able to bring all the blazes under control early in the evening.

    Police have appealed to all shop-owners in the city centre to return to chock their premises.

    The British Broadcasting Corporation studios in Belfast late said that a man had telephoned claiming responsibility for the bomb attacks on behalf of the Irish Volunteer Force, a fringe Republican group.

    SYNOPSIS: In Northern Ireland on Friday, a wave of bomb attacks in Belfast's main business district left three stores blazing into the night, but no-one was hurt. Responsibility for the coordinated attacks has ben claimed by a man claiming to represent the Irish Volunteer Force, a fringe Republican group. B.B.C.'s Brian Walker reports:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3N277IWVJKKX0UHZAQV6F1147
    Media URN:
    VLVA3N277IWVJKKX0UHZAQV6F1147
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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