The bomb explosion which killed 15 people in a Belfast tavern on Saturday night (December 4) was described by a senior police officer as the worst single disaster in the City's current troubles.
GV Police and rescue workers at scene of explosion
SV & CU Men digging in debris (4 shots)
CU PAN sign "Bar"
CU Debris (4 shots)
GV Men working under lights
Cu Body taken into ambulance
SV & CU Second body carried on stretcher into ambulance (2 shots)
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Background: The bomb explosion which killed 15 people in a Belfast tavern on Saturday night (December 4) was described by a senior police officer as the worst single disaster in the City's current troubles. Another 13 people were injured in the explosion -- in Mogurk's Bar on the edge of a large Catholic housing area -- and seven others received gunshot wounds in rioting which followed the blast.
The tavern is a well-known haunt of members of the outlawed, mainly Catholic Irish Republican Army. As rescuers tore at tons of debris to uncover countless people burled underneath, security forces put forward two theories about the bomb's origin. It could have been the work of extremist Protestants, they said, or was possibly a bomb merely being carried by an I.R.A. terrorist for sabotage elsewhere. Either way, the death toll was the biggest in any one bombing so far. Among the dead -- a 13-year-old boy and a girl of eleven.
This film, shot in the early hours of Sunday morning (5 December) shortly after the blast, shows rescue operations in progress at the site of the totally destroyed tavern.