One of Northern Ireland's biggest police hunts began in Belfast today (Thursday) for the killers of three young British soldiers.
GV Area where bodies were found
SV ZOOM BACK TO GV Pub where soldiers were drinking
MV Troops ZOOM TO tarpaulin over spot where bodies were found
GV & SV Detectives search area (3 shots)
SCU Army Camp board
CU Barbed wire focus to flag
CU & MV Soldiers working (3 shots)
BV Soldier standing watch as funeral goes past.
CU People at roadside PAN TO GV funeral.
SCU Coffin carried
GV & SV Mourners stand at attention.
MV Troops on armoured vehicle salute
GV Burnt out bus ZOOM TO funeral procession
Initials VS/23.05 BB/2330
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Background: One of Northern Ireland's biggest police hunts began in Belfast today (Thursday) for the killers of three young British soldiers. The three were gunned down in a lonely country lane on the city outskirts the previous night.
BBC cameraman found the scene of the shooting still heavily cordoned off this morning, while detectives carried out a search of the area.
In the afternoon, focus shifted to a new potential source of trouble --- the funeral of a known member of the banned Irish Republican Army, Charles Hughes, who was killed in a gun battle on Monday night. Men of the Paratroop Regiment enforced strict security precautions, and the funeral passed off quietly.