Three people died and 52 were injured after a new outbreak of violence in Belfast on Friday (July 3).
Three people died and 52 were injured after a new outbreak of violence in Belfast on Friday (July 3). Two civilians were shot dead and one was crushed by an armoured vehicle. Three out of 43 civilians and nine soldiers were in hospital suffering from gunshot wounds as the result of gun battles which broke out between British troops and rioters in a Catholic section of the city.
The shooting began just before midnight as 1,500 troops moved into the Falls Road area.
At 2230 local time, after hours of fighting, an Army helicopter flew low over the Falls Road area and a voice announced that everyone in the street was to return home or be arrested. It was the first time an Army-ordered curfew had been imposed on the city.
The violence started after police and troops seized an arms cache of Friday afternoon. the haul, which was found in a house off the Falls Road, included a machine gun, 12 revolvers, a rifle, and five pounds of gelignite described by a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary as being "in a dangerous condition."
Rioters holding clubs and iron bars started throwing bricks, paving stones and hand grenades into the troops, who fired CS gas back into the crowds.
Just before midnight a bomb exploded outside the offices of a Protestant newspaper, injuring at least eight people, one of them a passerby. A parcel containing the bomb had apparently been placed on the doorstep of the offices just before the explosion.