• Short Summary

    Bombs wrecked two travel agencies with Yugoslav connections in Sydney on Saturday (September 16), injuring 16 persons, at least four seriously.

  • Description

    Bombs wrecked two travel agencies with Yugoslav connections in Sydney on Saturday (September 16), injuring 16 persons, at least four seriously.

    The explosions occurred within minutes of each other shortly before mid-day in the busy Haymarket district of the Australian capital.

    The first blast was at the Adriatic Trade and Travel Centre - the scene of a previous explosion last year. The second - only three blocks away - was at the Adria Travel Agency.

    There were also several calls threatening other explosions if - as one caller put it - "the Yugoslavian situation doesn't improve". A Sydney police spokesman said that there was a possibility that the attack??? were being carried out by supporters of the Ustashi Movement - the Croatian extremists outlawed in Yugoslavia - and that they could be related to the opening of a Court case in Zagreb against a group of men charged with conspiring to overthrow the Yugoslav Government.

    Six men and four women were seized shortly after the explosions, but were later released.

    The Yugoslav Ambassador to Australia, Uros Vidovic, is due to present a strong protest to the Australian Government, because, he said, the bombings were proof of the existence in Australia of the Right-Wing Ustashi Movement.

    SYNOPSIS: The first of two buildings hit by bombs in Sydney on Saturday. The Adriatic Trade and Travel Centre, in the busy Haymarket district of the Australian capital, was badly damaged by a blast shortly before midday. The same building had been the target of a similar attack last November.

    Among the injured, were two men whose condition was reported as serious - one of them has had a leg amputated.

    At least another twelve people were discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for burns, cuts and shock. During the day there had been several telephone calls threatening bomb attacks on businesses with Yugoslav connections. Of these, only two proved real - the second one came only a few minutes after the first, and only three blocks away. So that fire fighters and medical services were immediately split between the two.

    The Adria Travel Agency was the second target. The explosion blew bystanders off their feet, damaged three other shop fronts, and smashed windows up to sixty yards away. Reports indicate that the attacks may be the work of supporters of the Croatian Right-Wing extremists Ustashi Movement, which is said to be conspiring to over throw the Yugoslav Government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA53KARW821DQ2UF6RHTKF3IUBO
    Media URN:
    VLVA53KARW821DQ2UF6RHTKF3IUBO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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