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.
SV Burnt-out car outside bombed bar PAN TO lorry going past in Belfast (3 shots)
SV army scout-car down street
SV PAN Street in sealed-off Bally-murphy Estate
SV Troops standing by
SV Soldier lying on ground in firing position
SV Ambulance arriving
SV Group of youths carrying away body of shot youth
SV Burning building in Londonderry.
SV Official I.R.A. gunmen stand guard at Bogside Estate entrance (2 shots)
CV Browning machine-gun mounted at guard spot.
SV Sign "Official IRA--STOP" and IRA gunmen checking vehicles (2 shots)
SV IRA gunman and Browning machinegun (2 shots)
SCENE AT BOMBED-OUT BAR IN BELFAST: ARMY ACTIVITY IN AREA: YOUTHS CARRYING AWAY SHOT COMPANION: BUILDING BURNING IN LONDONDERRY: IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY GUNMEN CHECKING VEHICLES IN AND OUT OF CATHOLIC BOGSIDE ESTATE: NEW BROWNING MACHINE-GUN MOUNTED AT CHECKPOINT.
HARRIS (from Belfast): "...it was crowded with people watching international football on television when the bomb went off. Conflict exist about who placed it. Tonight, with the barricades up, the army said they'd received a report from an observation post that two men had left the bar and were about to get into a car parked outside when the bomb exploded. The army sealed off most of the area around the estate, causing traffic james out of the city. Ambulances went in and out of the battle area as the shooting continued. The casualties mounted. A young man, hit, was dragged away by friends."
"Tonight, with sporadic firing still going on, the situation remains as sensitive as it is dangerous."
COLE (from Londonderry): "....near the city centre was set alight by crowds who alleged the roof had been used by army snipers. The army claim to have scored hits on two men carrying guns. Later a youth was admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds and shortly afterwards died. A second youth was shot in the hand.
"A few hundred yards away in the Bogside, the official I.R.A. claim to have added to their already formidable arsenal. A Browning sub-machine-gun, capable of six hundred rounds a minute, has been mounted in a post where gunmen check everyone going in and out of the Roman Catholic area. The officials are already armed with Thompson sub-machine-guns, Sterlings and M-l carbines. At a range of more than a mile, the Browning is by far their most lethal weapon. As an army spokesman put it, 'it's extremely effective'"
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Background: 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.