After a short lull, the bombers resumed action in Belfast on Thursday (14 September) as four blasts shook the city within a few minutes of each other.
GV ZOOM INTO Car showroom
LV Explosion in showroom
SV PAN Firemen amongst debris
SV Police look at car from distance
SV Soldier fires rocket-launcher and runs behind armoured vehicle
SV Soldier tries again with same
GV Wrecked street and buildings after car exploded
SV TILT DOWN Damaged golf club building to security forces
GV Wrecked golf club
SV ZOOM INTO CU Car under rubble
GV Police and troops amongst wreckage
BELL: "A bomb was planted in a car showroom in Main Street, and exploded about an hour later...(EXPLOSION)...that put an end to the recent lull in terrorist activity. And today's was a concerted attempt, with most of the bombs intended to go off within minutes of each other in different parts of the city. One car bomb was found in a back alley near Shaftesbury Square, and troops tried to dispose of it...EXPLOSION...an anti-tank weapon was used, but at first it proved ineffective in blowing the car apart. When finally the bomb was blown the damage it did was widespread. There had been fears of a returned terrorist offensive at some time before the All-Party Conference, and this may have been it--or part of it. Today's other explosions were in a golf clubhouse, where a barman was forced to carry in one of the bombs himself, and tonight there was a bomb in a main shopping street. The lesson of it all appears to be that there'll be no change in the long-standing policy of hitting civilian targets."
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Background: After a short lull, the bombers resumed action in Belfast on Thursday (14 September) as four blasts shook the city within a few minutes of each other.
B.B.C. reporter Martin Bell tells this story. We provide an alternative commentary.