Gunmen shot a shopkeeper deed in belfast on Thursday (20 July), while rioting broke out in the city's main jail and mystery snipers opened fire on the rebellious prisoners.
GV Prisoners escaping onto roof from hole in roof
SV Army patrol near jail ZOOM OUT TO prisoners on roof
GV Troops patrol near prison
SV & GV Prisoners on roof
GV Troops in street ZOOM TO prisoners on roof
SV Crowd flees as snipers begin to fire & PAN ACROSS TO prisoners on roof(2 shots)
GV Prisoners through hole to safety
GV PAN FROOM Soldiers in street to debris form bomb explosion
GV Troops search through debris
SMITH: "The build-up to tonight's shooting began after the prisoners escaped onto the roof. This followed disturbances in which they claimed to have wrecked their cells and set fire to mattresses. A big security operation began with police, Royal Marine Commandos, and troops surrounding the jail. The prisoners complained they were not getting special concessions granted to political prisoners a month ago by Mr Whitelaw. A number of rubber bullets wee fired. After sixteen rubber bullets, the authorities seemed content to allow the prisoners to remain on the roof. Shouting to journalists, they alleged a lack of proper rehabilitation facilities and discrimination in favour of I.R.A. and Loyalist political prisoners. Meanwhile, Loyalists outside the prison began to speculate about the identity of the prisoners.
At first they cheered them. But when they learned they were Protestants and Catholics, some onlookers thought they could recognise known Republicans. It was after the prisoners had been on the roof for about seven-hours that the shooting occurred. A number of shots rang out as the crowd scrambled for safety. The gunmen were attacking from three separate positions around the prison. The prisoners took what cover they could and are of them, a Catholic, was shot in the back. Soon after, an ambulance arrived and he was taken to hospital. In a bomb attack in Belfast, the man who planted the bomb shot dead a shopkeeper and injured his wife. They had left the bomb outside the shop and were running away. The couple chased them, and one turned and fired at close range. Soon afterwards, the shop was demolished."
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Background: Gunmen shot a shopkeeper deed in belfast on Thursday (20 July), while rioting broke out in the city's main jail and mystery snipers opened fire on the rebellious prisoners.
The dead man, a Protestant news agent, was killed when he tried to stop gunmen form planting a bomb in his shop. His wife, who went to his aid, was injured in the shooting but managed to get out before bomb went off.
At the Crumlin Road Jail, prisoners reportedly protesting that political doughtiness held in connection with the troubles in Northern Ireland were moved into their wing of the prison, started two fires. Then about eight of them broke out onto the prison roof and began smashing tiles with wooden clubs. British army troops surrounded the jail and brought the rioting under control.
But the prisoners stayed on the roof until shots were fired at them int he early evening, injuring one of the men. Police said they did not know who had fired the shots.
Elsewhere in the Province, bomb blasts caused extensive damage in the towns of Newry and Randallstown, while in Londonderry the British army claimed to have hit one gunman and possibly three more during a two-hour battle.