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Friday, August 19, 2005


On October 8th 1996 Irish republican terrorists managed to get two carbombs past security at the army's headquarters in Northern Ireland. The first exploded close to an education centre while the second exploded a short while later out the medical centre. The second bomb was aimed at killing those who had been injured in the first explosion and also those helping them. One man died as a result of the attack.

At the time I was standing guard at another camp close enough to hear the bang. I thought the noise had come from the dock yard and didn't realise it was an explosion. We didn't find out for about half an hour that something had happened.

But the ceasefire was over and now we had real work to do. Whether that was a good thing or not was another matter.


Blogger Monica said...

Your blog has me hypnotized. Kinda like my shirt does to strange men. I pretend they are reading the words.

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Blogger Haggiswurst said...

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12:50 am  
Blogger Haggiswurst said...

Universal - that was barracks at Lisburn right?
I remember the incident.

12:54 am  
Blogger NYgirl said...

That must have been an awful experience. You write about it so well.

6:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, just two things reported wrong in your article.
It was the 7th October 1996 and not the 8th of October 1996 when the First bomb exploded at 16.32 hrs at the Transport car park and the second bomb exploded at the Medical centre at 16.43 hours. I know because I was one of the critically wounded from the first bomb.

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