Two teenagers were killed and eleven other people injured when a car bomb exploded in Belturbet in the Irish Republic on Thursday (28 December) night, just across the border from Northern Ireland.
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Background: Two teenagers were killed and eleven other people injured when a car bomb exploded in Belturbet in the Irish Republic on Thursday (28 December) night, just across the border from Northern Ireland.
Irish police said three of the injured were seriously ill in hospital.
A seventeen-year-old boy was making a telephone call from a booth near the Post Office when the car bomb went off. The second fatality was a fifteen-year-old girl who was in a fish and chip shop across the road from the planted car.
Police estimated damage at around 150,000 pounds sterling and said one street was almost totally wrecked by the blast.
Another three people were injured when a second car bomb exploded in the town of Clones, about 10 miles (16 kms) from the border in the Irish Republic.
The Irish Army moved towards the border with Northern Ireland and sealed off roads leading to the frontier.
Meanwhile, in Belfast British troops seized one of the largest hauls of explosives and ammunition yet found in Protestant hands.
Men of the 3rd Light Infantry broke into a garage in the Shankhill Road district of Belfast and found nearly half a ton of explosive chemicals, 500 detonators, and 5,000 rounds of ammunition.
SYNOPSIS: The Protestant Ulster Defence Association has denied responsibility for two car bomb explosions in Belturbet and Clones in the irish Republic.
Two teenagers were killed in the Belturbet blast and eleven people injured. Those killed were a seventeen-year-old youth who was making a telephone call, and a fifteen-year-old girl in a fish and chip shop across the road. No warning had been given. Police estimated the blast caused damage estimated at 150,000 pounds sterling.
Another three people were injured when a second car bomb exploded in the irish Republic town of clones, about ten miles from the border. It was the second time Clones had suffered an attack of this kind. Now the local people are demanding more protection and they want the Irish Army there in strength.
Clones and Belturbet are the nearest Irish Republican towns to the border with the North. The road between them actually runs through Northern Ireland, and that is now being patrolled by troops of the Prince of Wales Regiment.
Meanwhile, in Belfast, rifles, ammunition and explosives were collected by the British Army after they had uncovered caches in the protestant Shankhill Road, area. Most of them were weapons stolen from the Ulster Defence Regiment earlier this year.