A bomb injured sixteen people in a central Brussels square on Tuesday (28 August) just minutes before a British Military band was to give a performance.
GV PAN Grand Palce square with scattered debris.
GV Ambulance pulling out.
GV People and policemen walking through debris. (2 SHOTS)
SV Scattered clothing and band instruments. (3 SHOTS)
GV Blown-up stage PAN TO policemen.
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Background: A bomb injured sixteen people in a central Brussels square on Tuesday (28 August) just minutes before a British Military band was to give a performance. The blast wrecked a wooden stage in the city's famous 'Grand Place' on which the band was to play. British Embassy Defence Attache, Colonel Earle Nicoll suspected guerrillas of the Irish Republic Army (IRA), who yesterday assassinated Lord Mountbatten and members of his family, and killed eighteen British soldiers in Northern Ireland. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Brussels blast.
SYNOPSIS: It was heavy traffic that probably saved the lives of the bandsmen. They were delayed as they drove from West Germany and arrived late at "La Grande Place" for the start of the performance.
All of the injured who included spectators and children were releases from hospital later, except for one of the bandsmen who was detained for observation. The band, belongs to the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment based in Germany and was to give the concert as part of the Belgian capital's millennium (1000 years celebrations. Irish guerrillas are suspected of being involved in a series of explosions this year in Belgium. In March a Belgian central bank official was assassinated, apparently mistaken for the deputy British Ambassador to NATO. In June Supreme Allied Commander Alexander Haig escaped death when his car was bombed. And last month a bomb went off at the British Embassy in Antwerp. This latest blast smashed band instruments and shattered windows around the ancient square, but there were no serious injuries.