The British army moved in on Northern Ireland's main internment camp in Belfast on Thursday (20 January) and found advanced preparations by inmates for burrowing their way to a mass breakout.
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Background: The British army moved in on Northern Ireland's main internment camp in Belfast on Thursday (20 January) and found advanced preparations by inmates for burrowing their way to a mass breakout.
Long Kesh holds most of the 600 or more prisoners now being held in Northern Ireland on suspicion of terrorist activities.
About a thousand troops took part in the search, moving in at dawn and sealing off all roads to the camp. Imitation machine guns, wire cutters, knives and various tools were discovered. the Commanding Officer, Brigadier Oliver Pratt, said the implements were undoubtedly aimed at staging a mass breakout.
Nobody has escaped from Long Kesh since internment without trial was introduced into Northern Ireland on August the 9th last year. But there have been several escapes of internees from Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail and from the prison ship "Maidstone" in Belfast harbour.