A violent explosion near the centre of Belfast on Friday (29 Oct.) destroyed two shops and a police station....
GV ZOOM IN TO Workers amid rubble recover body of Inspector
SV PAN Brick wall on top of car, TO debris.
CV & MV Rescuers with tarpaulin amid rubble
GV & SVs Police and firemen bring out body on stretcher.
GV ZOOM OUT FROM Damaged building and wall section
CV Police officer describes explosion (SOUND)
RESCUERS AMID RUBBLE: BODY RECOVERED ON STRETCHER: DAMAGED BUILDING: POLICEMAN'S EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT. (SOUND)
POLICE OFFICER: "I ran immediately to the window, looked out, but I didn't see anyone running away. I then went to the office door...I was just about to run out when I saw that the rest of the building wasn't there...I couldn't get out."
Initials BB/0054 OJP/AH/BB/0104
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Background: A violent explosion near the centre of Belfast on Friday (29 Oct.) destroyed two shops and a police station....killing a police inspector and injuring two officers. Other policemen, shopowners and civilians had miraculous escapes from injury. A gunman entered the grocery shop next to the station and placed a bomb, after warning the owner and customers to run clear. Moments after he made his getaway the bomb exploded, shattering the three buildings.
SYNOPSIS: In Belfast another violent bomb blast on Friday. This time the target was again a police station near the centre of the city, but in a prosperous and normally trouble-free area.
After entering a grocery shop and warning the owner and civilians to take cover, a gunman left a bomb there. Moments after he had made his escape it exploded...shattering the grocery shop, a second shop, and the neighbouring police station.
Two injured policemen were quickly rescued by firemen and volunteers working frantically among the rubble, but an inspector...who'd been working in his first-floor office at the time of the blast, was found dead.
The bomb contained an estimated 100 pounds (45 kilos) of gelignite. A policeman, fortunate to escape without injury, describes the incident.