One woman was killed and 13 people injured when an explosion wrecked a Catholic bar in Belfast on Saturday night (9 October).
One woman was killed and 13 people injured when an explosion wrecked a Catholic bar in Belfast on Saturday night (9 October). Nearby houses were also damaged as the explosion wrecked the bar in the predominantly Catholic Lower Falls district.
A fleet of ambulances ferried the wounded to the hospital, but despite frantic efforts of rescuers, it was at least a half an hour before the last casualty was carried from the wrecked bar.
An Army spokesman said later that the bomb was placed outside the front door of the pub, and the explosion created a large crater and extensive structural damage.
There was some speculation that the bomb attack may have been in retaliation for a recent explosion at a Protestant bar in Belfast. That explosion ten days ago killed two men.
As demolition crews went to work on the damaged bar on Sunday morning, another explosion occurred in a different area of Belfast. This time the target was a building formerly used as an Army command post. Troops in the area came under machine-gun fire, but none were injured.
SYNOPSIS: Another explosion in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This one, in a pub in a predominantly Catholic district, ended with the death of one woman and thirteen other people injured on Saturday night.
Nearby houses were also damaged as the bomb blast destroyed the bar in the Lower Falls district. Rescue workers dug frantically to extricate some of the people trapped in the debris. It was more than a half an hour before the last casualty was pulled from the wreckage. A fleet of ambulances ferried the injured to hospital. The bomb was placed outside the front door. There was some have been in retaliation for a recent explosion at a Protestant bar. That blast, ten days ago, resulted in the deaths of two men.
On Sunday morning, another bomb attack, a building formerly used as an Army command post. At the same time as this explosion twenty rounds were fired at soldiers in the market place. A mobile patrol also came under fire, from a machine-gun.
Meanwhile, the victim of the Saturday night bomb attack was being demolished. All of this -- the bombings, the snipers, and the death has become an almost daily occurrence in Belfast.