There are fears in Belfast, Northern Ireland that stepped-up terrorist tactics could lead to the deaths of many more innocent people.
There are fears in Belfast, Northern Ireland that stepped-up terrorist tactics could lead to the deaths of many more innocent people. On Wednesday (25 August) a gelignite explosion at Northern Ireland's Electricity Board headquarters in central Belfast, resulted in the death of one person, with injuries to 32 others. The blast came only minutes after an anonymous telephone call warned that a bomb had been planted. The more than 600 people in the building were being evacuated when the bomb exploded in a lift shaft. Most of those injured, some seriously, were cut by flying glass.
Wednesday's death brings to 32 the total killed in Northern Ireland, since the government introduced internment without trial for suspected members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on 9 August. Since January this year, there have been more than 270 bomb attacks attributed to the IRA. But most of those were at night or in the early hours of the morning, when non-residential buildings were empty.
Meanwhile, detectives in Reading, England, say they fear that Northern Ireland may be the destination for 800 pounds (363 kgs) of gelignite and 1,300 detonators stolen from a local explosives dealer Tuesday night (24 August).