Two more bombs went off in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Monday night (1 December) leaving two dead.
Two more bombs went off in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Monday night (1 December) leaving two dead. A man and a woman were killed when a bomb exploded in the car they were in at the junction of King and Crosley streets. shortly afterwards the Europa hotel, only a few hundred yards away, was extensively damaged when a second bomb went off.
A warning that a 100 lb bomb would explode in the hotel at 9 o'clock was given and police were able to evacuate the building before it did. First indications were that no one was hurt in the Europa blast.
Reporting from the scene shortly afterwards, BBC reporter, Martin Bell, said it was believed that the man and woman who were killed had driven into a car park shortly before. He said there was a possibility that they were preparing to plant the bomb elsewhere when it went off.
Bombings are not new for the Europa hotel although i has not been hit recently. Since the troubles and violence started in Belfast it has been the target of direct and indirect bomb attacks 31 times.
By midnight on Monday (1 December) no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings.
SYNOPSIS: Two more bombs exploded in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Monday night. The first went off inside a card parked at the junction of King and Crosley streets. It's two occupants - a man and a woman - were killed instantly.
Reporting from the scene the BBC said the bomb could have gone off by mistake.
Shortly afterwards the second bomb went off several hundred yards away. This time it was at the Europa Hotel, but early reports indicated nobody was hurt. There had been a warning that a hundred pound bomb would explode at nine o'clock.
It did but police had time to evacuate the building before the blast ripped through the first floor, hurling debris across the road.