Three British soldiers were killed and three others injured when their Saracen armoured car was blown up by a landmine on a road near Dungannon, west of Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
Three British soldiers were killed and three others injured when their Saracen armoured car was blown up by a landmine on a road near Dungannon, west of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. The incident occurred shortly before midnight last night (Sunday 10), while the soldiers were on a routine patrol.
The explosion blew the armoured vehicle off the road, leaving a deep crater. Two of the soldiers were killed outright, four others were trapped and later freed - one died in hospital, the other three were not seriously injured.
Later, a woman driving a civilian car crashed into the crater hole and was slightly injured. She was interviewed shortly after the accident. Much of the interview is unintelligible, but we have used it as it shows the extent of the shock and effect of such an incident on an innocent passerby.
SYNOPSIS: Although suffering from shock and bruises, she gave an interview describing her accident. Injuries to her face made her speech considerably indistinct, but her distress and condemnation of such action was evident.
It is believed that the bomb was planted by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army.