Thirty people were injured -- two of them seriously -- when an eight-pound (3.6 Kgm) bomb exploded in a bank in Belfast on Thursday (July 16).
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Background: Thirty people were injured -- two of them seriously -- when an eight-pound (3.6 Kgm) bomb exploded in a bank in Belfast on Thursday (July 16).
The explosion came as the first batch of British troops had begun to pull out of Ulster, following signs of an easing of tension between Catholics and Protestants.
The blast shattered the bank's doors and hurled office fittings and glass into the street. It also broke nearby shop windows and sent people running for cover. This is the 65th explosion to have gone off this year in Belfast.
Police were working on the theory that the bomb was the work of either Catholic or Protestant extremists, but they were said to be considering the third possibility of a mad bomber.
A 10,000 sterling reward has been offered for information leading to those responsible for the bombings, but by Thursday night on arrests had been made.
Tight security was being kept on the names and details of the injured, eight of whom are in hospital. So far no one has been killed in any of the blasts.
About 600 men of Scotland's Black Watch regiment and another 500 men from an English regiment boarded ships for home on Thursday.
An extra 3,500 troops had been brought in to help keep the peace during last Monday's Protestant parades commemorating a Protestant victory at the River Boyne in 1960. The reinforcements brought the total number of British forces in Northern Ireland to about 12,000.
After a relatively peaceful weekend, an Army spokesman announced on Thursday that military strength in Ulster would be reduced by about 2,000 men in the next few days.