In a day of violence throughout Northern Ireland on Saturday (May 13), over sixty people were taken to hospital after a bomb blast outside a bar in Belfast.
In a day of violence throughout Northern Ireland on Saturday (May 13), over sixty people were taken to hospital after a bomb blast outside a bar in Belfast. Four people died in shooting at the scene afterwards, and in Londonderry a young man died of gun wounds after the army reported shooting two men seen carrying guns.
In Londonderry's Roman Catholic Bogside area, meanwhile, Irish Republican Army gunmen who hold control there have acquired a new and lethal weapon--a browning machine-gun with a range of over a mile, capable of firing 600 rounds a minute. A British Broadcasting Corporation television crew filmed the gunmen checking cars in and out of the Bogside, with the Browning poised beside them. The coverage is intercut with film of the Belfast incident, showing a gang of youths carrying away a companion shot by the army.
This production is provided with a voice-on-film commentary in English, a transcript of which is provided below. A Visnews written commentary is provided overage for alternative use, in which case the sound track must be held completely down.
SYNOPSIS: Another day of violence throughout Northern Ireland on Saturday. In Belfast, the capital, sixty-one people were taken to hospital after a bomb exploded in a car parked outside. They and others had been in the crowded bar watching an international football match on television. Immediately afterwards, British troops stationed there sealed off the area, and sporadic shooting began in which four people died. Rifle and machine-gun fire continued for hours afterwards as crowds gathered in the area, the predominantly Roman Catholic Ballymurphy district, which is a stronghold of the Provisional Wing of the illegal Irish Republican Army. A youth, hit by a bullet, was carried away by companions....PAUSE THREE SECONDS....the firing was believed to have been between I.R.A. and Protestant gunmen, but one of the four dead was a British soldier.
In Londonderry, near the city centre, a building was set alight by crowds who claimed the rooftop had been used by army snipers. In a shooting incident, the army claimed to have hit two men seen carrying guns. Later a youth was admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds. He died shortly afterwards.
A few hundred yards away in the mainly Roman Catholic Bogside area, where gunmen of the Official IRA hold almost complete control, a new weapon has been added to their already formidable arsenal. It's a Browning machine-gun, probably the most lethal weapon they now have which was poised beside the gunmen as they carried out routine checks on vehicles through the estate. I.R.A. gunmen are already armed with Thompson machine-guns, Sterlings and M-One carbines.