• Short Summary

    London's first bomb blast of the year rocked a midtown block of flats Saturday night (14 February) as Irish guerrillas threatened unrestricted reprisals for the death of an Irish guerrilla hunger striker in a British prison.

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    London's first bomb blast of the year rocked a midtown block of flats Saturday night (14 February) as Irish guerrillas threatened unrestricted reprisals for the death of an Irish guerrilla hunger striker in a British prison.

    Police said a five to seven pound (three kilo) bomb exploded in the flats above the Victoria Sporting Club in London's West End. Two women were slightly injured in the blast. A second bomb found nearby was safely defused.

    The bombing came hours after spokesmen for an Irish guerrilla group phoned two british newspapers to announce unrestricted reprisals in england for the death in an english prison three days earlier of Irish Guerrilla hunger striker, Frank Stagg.

    The Spokesman said their group was responsible for the 20-pound (nine kilo) bomb left in the huge Oxford Street underground rail station the day before.

    Bombing and shooting as well as widespread rioting and street fighting triggered by Stagg's death continued in Northern Ireland, and guerrillas fired mortars at an army base in the province.

    SYNOPSIS: As funeral ceremonies were held in Ireland for Irish guerrilla hunger striker Frank Stagg, London's first bomb blast of the year rocked a midtown block of flats on Saturday night. Police said a five to seven pound bomb exploded in the flats above the Victoria sporting club in London's West End. Two women were slightly injured in the blast. A second bomb found nearby was safely defused. The bombing came hours after spokesmen for an Irish guerrilla group phoned two British newspapers to announce unrestricted reprisals in England for the death in an English prison three days earlier of Frank Stagg.

    In Belfast, a bomber struck at a carpet store in shaftsbury square near the city centre. The force of the explosion started a rush of flames throughout the building. The firemen found it difficult enough to control and their efforts were further hindered by a spate of onlookers snarling up traffic on the main roads. Meanwhile, it West Belfast, another spate of vehicle hijacking with children on the streets to attract the army. This was the pattern throughout the day. Three patrols of soldiers were also fired on the area. And , Friday night trouble continued with reports of more bombs and the wail of police sirens throughout the city.

    On Saturday night, another explosion in Central London ...this time at a block of flats off the Edgware Road. Reports of the incident were initially confused but Scotland Yard and the London ambulance service said an explosive device had gone off in the flats at Landward Court, next door to the Victoria Sporting Club. Two people were taken to hospital. A man was reported leaving the scene after putting down a parcel in the entrance to the sporting club shortly before the explosion.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABUPF0JWH8WQQSSSIEQ7R4CTDB
    Media URN:
    VLVABUPF0JWH8WQQSSSIEQ7R4CTDB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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