Belfast blast injures several
June 21, 1997
Web posted at: 12:49 p.m. EDT (1649 GMT)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (CNN) -- An explosion, apparently
from a car bomb, rocked south-central Belfast on Saturday,
injuring several people, police and emergency officials said.
Police said the number of casualties stood at "single digits"
and so far there had been no reported deaths. There was no
immediate claim of responsibility for the mid-afternoon
A fire crew extinguished a blazing roadside car which
evidently contained a bomb. The blast knocked out window
glass on both sides of the street.
Police and soldiers sealed off Claremont Street, midway
between City Hospital and Queen's University, in a
religiously mixed part of south Belfast.
The explosion occurred during a tense weekend in Northern
Ireland after British Prime Minister Tony Blair was sternly
critical of the Irish Republican Army murder last Monday of
two Northern Ireland policemen.
He said the killings were staged at the very moment that
Britain was exploring ways to bring the IRA's political wing,
Sinn Fein, into Belfast peace talks from which it is excluded
because of continuing IRA violence.
The Associated Press and
Reuters contributed to this report
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