A solider shot to death in a machine gun ambush, a gangster-style shooting from a moving car which seriously injured another solider and two bomb explosion injuring 26 people made Saturday (22 May) one of the worst days since the trouble began in Northern Ireland.
SV Troops around jeep on roadside
LV & CU Police redirect the traffic
GV PAN Market area with sign on wall "Join the IRA" (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT & PAN TO LV FROM Street sign to pedestrians in street.
CU INT Discovered weapon display (2 shots)
LV PAN & CU Military vehicles outside British Legion building (2 shots)
CU & SV Bomb damage (2 shots)
SV & LV Bomb damaged electricity office (3 shots)
Initials BB/O123 TA/MR/BB/0141
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Background: A solider shot to death in a machine gun ambush, a gangster-style shooting from a moving car which seriously injured another solider and two bomb explosion injuring 26 people made Saturday (22 May) one of the worst days since the trouble began in Northern Ireland.
Around midnight, a young British solider was shot dead when his jeep was ambushed in the centre of Belfast. The dead soldier was on patrol with other members of his platoon when gunmen opened fire with machine guns. The army returned shots and the fighting ended when the gunmen escaped down a maze of sidestreets.
Later in the day, another solider was injured when a saloon car drove alongside his jeep. A sub-machine gun was pointed out of a window and a burst was fired, catching the solider down his right side from shoulder to thigh.
At the same time, a bomb exploded at a British Legion hall in the Belfast suburb of Suffolk, wounding 26 people who were later taken to hospital. Another bomb damaged an electricity of office in the city, although no one was injured.
SYNOPSIS: This jeep was leaving Belfast on the motorway on Saturday when it was overtaken by a saloon car. Someone in the back seat opened fire with a machine-gun, catching the driver with a burst down his right side. The saloon car was later found abandoned.
That was the second of the day's shootings. Around midnight an army corporal died in the streets in the Belfast market area. His patrol had come to the aid of military policemen involved in a fracas, and the solider was caught in a machine-gun crossfire. The soldiers, men of the Royal Green Jackets, could return only five shots before their attackers disappeared.
A thorough search afterwards brought to light these weapons, all found in an empty house. Officials later said none of them was the weapon that killed the solider.
Not long after the market killing, 26 people were injured in a British Legion hall in Belfast when a bomb exploded on a window ledge. Nearly three hundred people were inside at an annual social occasion. Unlike most bombs in Northern Ireland, this explosion was meant to kill or maim. Most of the injuries were from flying glass and three were detained in hospital.
There ware two other explosions at Belfast electricity offices, relatively minor--no one was hurt. But alongside the violent ambush, the gangster-style gunfire and the bomb at the celebration, Saturday was one of the worst days in Northern Ireland for some time.