Four people -- including a baby boy and a two-year-old-girl -- were killed when a bomb exploded on Saturday (11 December) in Belfast.
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Background: Four people -- including a baby boy and a two-year-old-girl -- were killed when a bomb exploded on Saturday (11 December) in Belfast.
The girl was killed in her pram and the baby, aged seven months, died in a mass of rubble. Nineteen persons were injured, two seriously.
The explosion, caused by a heave bomb, took place in the Shankill Road, a Protestant area that has been quiet for months. The blast flattened the front wall of a furniture showroom, and blew debris into the crowded street, injuring passers-by.
Angry crowds gathered as troops moved in to prevent trouble, and right-wing Protestant leader Ian Paisley spoke through a loudspeaker trying to disperse the people. Chains of rescuers passed debris from hand to hand after Belfast's second fatal explosion in seven days. Fifteen people were killed last week when a bomb went off in a tavern.
SYNOPSIS: Four people -- two of them children -- were killed in a bomb explosion in Belfast's Protestant Shankill road on Saturday. the bomb, believed by police to have been placed by a young man, went off in a furniture showroom crowded with lunch-hour Christmas shoppers. Nineteen others were injured, two of them seriously. It was Belfast's second fatal explosion in seven days -- fifteen people were killed last week when a bomb went off in a crowded city tavern.
The army moved in with heavy machinery to help clear the rubble and to quieten down the hostile crowd. Chains of rescue workers passed rubble from hand to hand in an effort to dig out people who had been trapped under the debris.
Rev. Ian Paisley, the right-wing Protestant leader, arrived to help calm down the crowds. Police said the bomb could have been placed on the steps outside the showroom after earlier reports said it could have been lobbed through the window into the store to evade security checks. The was children killed in the blast died instantly -- a two-year-old girl was killed in her pram, and a seven-month-old by boy was buried under messes of rubble.
In other parts of Ulster, shoppers had to dive for cover in a Londonderry shooting incident when army marksmen fired at two men attempting to throw nail bombs. Other reports indicated that soldiers and gunmen had exchanged shots in County Armagh but there were no casualties.