Wednesday (8 March) was another violent day in Ulster as bombs wrecked the city of Londonderry and a Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture official was shot at a customs post near Middletown-about one hundred yards (metres) inside the border with the Irish Republic.
GV Deserted street and taxi containing bomb at left of screen
LV & SV Troops stand by at end of road
SV PAN Two soldiers run across court-yard; camera shakes as bomb explodes
LV Fireman amongst debris
SCU Wrecked and of car
SV Blown up telephone kiosk and Gen. Post Office building
SV TILT DOWN Post Office to firemen amongst debris
GV Car wreckage
SV EXT Tyre Depat TILT DOWN TO blown out front
GV INT Wrecked building
SV TILT DOWN FROM Exposed girders to damaged car in showroom
GV PAN Wrecked cars.
LV Army explosive exports near Insurance Co.
GV Crowd watch from safety
SV Explosive pulled along pavement by exports
LV Soldier crouches
LV Export defuses bomb
COMMENTATOR: "There was a 45-minute warning before the first of Londonderry 's big bombs and it meant that the whole area could be cleared, but without time to tackle the bomb itself. It had been planted in a stolen taxi near the G.P.O. building in Customs House Street. When it went off, it blew the taxi apart; bits of the car fell a hundred yards away. Every building in the street was damaged, with the post office taking most of the blast. A few minutes earlier, a tyre depot had gone up starting a fire. Another bomb, but another warning and no casualties. What might have been more serious was the third explosion, which wrecked a car showroom an many cars in it. The warning there gave just enough time for a father to grab his 13-months-old baby from one of the cars and got out the safety. Two bombs didn't go off. At an electrical firm and an insurance company where army experts managed to pull the device out the building and defuse it. But within a few yards, later in the day, Londonderry's second big explosion damaged most of the buildings in that street as well. Once more there were no casualties. The Middletown post has come under regular attack in the past. Mr. Jardine had only been working there for the last three days. But as a former B-Special and a current U.D.R. man, he must have been a selected target."
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Background: Wednesday (8 March) was another violent day in Ulster as bombs wrecked the city of Londonderry and a Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture official was shot at a customs post near Middletown-about one hundred yards (metres) inside the border with the Irish Republic.
Londonderry was hit by three bombs, one of which was in a stolen taxi near the General Post Office (G.P.O)--debris was scattered for a hundred yards (metres). Another bomb blew up a tyre depot and the third blasted a car showroom.
The man killed at the Middletown post was a member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (U.D.R.). It's reported that three man crossed the border from the Irish Republic, killed Mr. Joseph Jardine in a hail of bullets, and then crossed back into the Republic.
SYNOPSIS: Another violent day in Ulster continued in Londonderry on Wednesday when a bomb went off in the city centre. There had been a 45-minute warning so police and troops were able to clear everyone away--but they weren't able to get at the bomb itself, which had been placed in a stolen taxi.
The bomb was near the General Post Office and bits of the car were blown a hundred yards away by the blast.
Every building in the street was damaged and the area was littered with rubble. But the post office took most of the blast.
Shortly before, a tyre depot went up starting a fire. There'd been a warning, so there were no casualties.
What could have been far worse was the city's third explosion--this time in a car showroom. The bomb wrecked the showroom and many of the cars in it. In this case, there wasn't much warning.
Two bombs didn't go off--at an electrical firm and an insurance company. Army exports managed to pull the device out of the insurance company's building and de-fuse it. But later in the day and only yards away, the city's second big explosion damaged most of the buildings in the street anyway. It's thought the Provisional Irish Republican Army is responsible.