In another night of violence in Northern Ireland two bombs shattered buildings in Belfast and the nearby town of Dunmurray late on Tuesday.
In another night of violence in Northern Ireland two bombs shattered buildings in Belfast and the nearby town of Dunmurray late on Tuesday. The Belfast bomb exploded in a police station in Springfield Road. A British soldier in the building was fatally injured as he tried to shield a civilian family from the blast. Sixteen people, including three children, were taken to hospital after the explosion.
A police spokesman said a man was seen to throw a suitcase through the front door of the station seconds before the blast. Police said the suitcase could have contained about 300 pounds of explosive.
Later another explosion badly damaged a Protestant hall at Dunmurray, but there were no casualties.
This film, taken shortly after the Springfield Road explosion, was telerecorded in London for more rapid world distribution.
SYNOPSIS: In another night of violence in Belfast an explosion badly damaged a police station in Springfield Road, scene of many clashes in the past between demonstrators and troops. A British soldier died in the blast and sixteen people were taken to hospital. An Army spokesman said later that the soldier had been shielding a Civilian family of four when the explosion occurred. Later another explosion badly damaged a Protestant hall in nearby Dunmurray, but there were no casualties.
The police station was also used by soldiers of the peace-keeping force in Northern Ireland. Late Tuesday night a terrorist threw a suitcase containing explosive through the front door of the building. Seconds later it exploded. An Army spokesman said the soldier who died had pushed aside four civilians and placed himself between them and the bomb. He and three policemen were trying to shepherd civilians out of the building. The soldier died in hospital despite an emergency operation.
Of the 16 injured, most were allowed to leave hospital after treatment.