Northern Ireland reeled under a new series of bomb attacks today (Saturday, June 2). The?
LV Booby-trapped van and troops in foreground (3 shots)
LV Bomb disposal expert approaching shopping centre
LV Security man looks on as van explodes(2 shots)
GV Shattered windows in office block PULL BACK to crowds in roadway (2 shots)
LV Europe Hotel PULL BACK to troops amongst debris
"The vehicle containing a 150 lbs bomb had been hijacked a few hours earlier. It was left in Franklin Street near the well-guarded shopping centre. Once again, one of the army's robot bomb-destroyers was in action. But eventually a bomb disposal expert had to risk his life to trigger off the booby trap attached to the main bomb. The office of a hire purchase company caught the full force of the blast. But there'd been ample time to clear the streets. As a precaution, the staff and guests at the Europe Hotel were told to keep away form their windows. But the hotel, which had only just been repaired after a previous blast wasn't damaged."
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Background: Northern Ireland reeled under a new series of bomb attacks today (Saturday, June 2). The explosions came in the wake of the province's local government elections. Londonderry suffered two blasts. But the biggest bomb was in the main shopping centre of Belfast.
There security forces came across a booby-trapped van with 150 lbs. of explosives on board. A bomb expert finally succeeded in detonating the booby trap -- and the ven disappeared in a sheet of flame. The blast damaged several surrounding buildings, but no-one was injured.
Coverage of the blast includes a British Broadcasting Corporation commentary over good natural sound of the explosion. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf: