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May 31, 1972 - Image 9

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Wednesday, May 31, 1972

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Wendy My31.97 HtMCHGNrALYPgeNn

BOMB EXPLODES
Killing Continues in N.
BELFAST, Northern Iret-sod (0'
A bomb blasted Belfast
fortress-like Springfield R o a d
police station and army com
mand post last night. limaxing
a day of violent reacin by re-
bel guerrillas to a cere-fi r e
ordered by the Official Wing of
the outlawed Irish Republican
Army.5

Ireland

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The explosion injured three
soldiers and two civilians a n d
demolished part of the heavily
sandbagged building.
Two men were killed in early
morning gun battles. A factory
and a laundry were blasted by
bombs, but no casualties were
reported.
The cease-fire ordered Mon-
day night by the IRA's Official
Wing bolstered faint hopes of
peace in the province.
But the IRA's Provisional fac-
tion pledged to continue its
bloody campaign aimed at tie
withdrawal of British troops ad
at uniting the largely Protestant
province with the Catholic Trish
republic.
Provisional chief of staff Sean
Ma cStiofain said in Dublin his
guerrillas would continue 'teir
attacks for "the same tactical
and strategic reasons."
The Official wing's suspenson
of attacks followed peace moves
by war-weary Catholic women.
The Provisionals' explosive re-
action apeared to be the sart
of a fierce struggle between the
oposing wings of the IRA to win
support of the Catholic minority
in the province.
British troops fought at least
13 gun battles with guerrillas in
the Catholic Ardoyne district of
Belfast, a Provisional stronghold,
two hours after the cease-fire
was announced. They claimed
they hit four gunmen. One sld-
ier was critically wounded in the
back.
The soldiers, including para-
troopers, arrested more than 70
men when they raided the Ar-
doyne area in a predawn swoo ,
GT
231 S. State
Dial 662-264
Op n12:45 Shows
at
ST ATE
POSITIVELY P L E A S E DO
NOT REVEAL THE DENT-
TY OF THE HIJACKER
HE IS A GENUINE KILLER
CHARLTON HESTON
YVETTE MIMIEUX
SKYJKKED

-Associated Press
SOLDIERS BEGIN CLEARING debris following an explosion at
the Springfield Road, Belfast Police Station last night.

apparently aimed at capturing
top Provisional commander Mar-
tin Meehan. He was not among
the men rounded up. Most 'tere
later released.
A Catholic man was killed in
one of 12 other shooting inci-
dents in the city. Security au-
thorities speculated that the P:o-
visionals were either fighting
their rivals, the Officials, or er"e
shooting at snipers hidden in ,he
Protestant zones ~which encircle
Ardoyne.
Another Catholic man died af-
ter a shootout near Banbridge,
25 miles south of the city.
As the Provisionals battled to
undermine the truce, the fledg-
ling peace movement continued
its work in the IRA stronghold
of the province's second c i t y
Londonderry.
A five-woman peace ,'roup
which launched the moves to
suspend attacks inside the gtt.
rilla citadel 10 days ago an-
nounced they plan a peace peti-
tion among 35.000 Catholics
there. They demanded to meet
with MacStiofain.

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