At least six people were killed early Sunday (28 May) morning when a bomb ripped through a Catholic section of Belfast.
At least six people were killed early Sunday (28 May) morning when a bomb ripped through a Catholic section of Belfast. And in some Protestant parts of Northern Ireland's capital, barricades went up again in a further taken 24-hour protest against the British Government's tolerance of Roman Catholic "no-go" areas in Londonderry
The bomb exploded in the Ulster capital's Short Strand area, a Catholic enclave in heavily-Protestant East Belfast. The blast devastated two hoses and heavily-damaged others. Security forces confirmed that six people were killed and 18 injured. But they fear the number of known dead could rise as troops carried out a search through the rubble.
Police say that three of the dead were on the security forces' list of wanted Irish Republican Army (IRA) men.
Security forces say that the bomb -- about 100 pounds (45 kilos) of gelgnits -- accidentally below up when it was being carried from a house to a waiting car which had been hijacked earlier. A revolver was found in the wreck. They believe the bomb was destined for an IRA target elsewhere in the city.
In the barricaded Protestant section, however, the army made no effort to clear the cars and trucks which blocked off the streets in contrast to last week's action. Instead, they steed by and watched for possible violence since the barricades were to come down Sunday night. The protestants have said that if the Catholic "no go" areas in Londonderry aren't cleared in two weeks, they'll make the Protestant "no go" areas a permanent fixture in Belfast.
The Londonderry "no go" areas are barricaded enclaves to which the police and British troops are denied access.