A six-month-old boy was killed in a bomb blast and an elderly man was shot dead by gunmen on Wednesday (19 July), in another grim day of violence in Northern Ireland.
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GV Street scene in Belfast
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GV (NIGHT SCENES) Timber yard ablaze with troops and firemen
SV Troops get into position to protect firemen (2 shots)
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GV & SV DAY SCENES of damage done by fire (3 shots)
"The bomb which killed the baby was placed in a car in the town centre. The police say they received a twenty-minute warning. But they were still clearing the street when the bomb exploded. The baby, five-month-old Alan Jack was sitting in his pram outside the Ulster Bank. He was thrown out of the pram, and covered with debris. The baby's mother was slightly injured, and three other women were taken to hospital. About the same time in Belfast, in a public house called 'The White Horse' in Springfield Road, the seventy-one-year-old pensioner was killed. He tried to grapple with gunmen who were planting a bomb, and was shot with a sub-machinegun. Also..."
"...in Belfast huge timber-yard used as an army post was set alight by petrol bombers. Army snipers were posted round the yard as both soldiers and firemen were shot at, as they tried to put out the fire. Thirty-five firemen got to the blaze, but two fire crews were held up by a hostile crowd. The army say they'd been hijacked to try and force the firemen to withdraw from the yard. The fire spread to some nearby houses which were gutted. It's estimated that the fire, which was still smouldering this morning (Wednesday July 19), caused damage amounting to a quarter of a million pounds (sterling)."
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Background: A six-month-old boy was killed in a bomb blast and an elderly man was shot dead by gunmen on Wednesday (19 July), in another grim day of violence in Northern Ireland.
The baby died and four other people, including his mother, were injured when a bomb planted in a car exploded in the town of Strabane, on the border with the Irish Republic. Police received only eight minutes warning and could not clear the area in time.
In the other incident, a man aged about 70 apparently tired to attack three gunmen who entered a Belfast bar and planted a bomb on the counter. He was shot at close range.
Also in Belfast, a huge timber yard, used as an army post, was set alight by petrol bombers. Army snipers were posted around the yard to protect firemen, who were shot at as they tried to put out the fire.
Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath, on Wednesday, firmly upheld the British government's policies in Northern Ireland and vowed to continue working for reconciliation.