Bomb target warned by RUC
By Mick Naughton.
Three weeks ago, a submachine gun and ammunition was discovered
in a house in Mount Vernon on Belfast's Shore Road. Other
material was also found but the RUC refused to say what it was.
However within a week, the RUC visited six nationalist homes in
the small Bawnmore area of North Belfast, telling the occupants
that their personal details were ``in the hands of loyalist
Now this week, on Tuesday 7 May, one of those warned by the RUC
was targeted as loyalists attached a bomb under his car.
Two men were acting suspiciously near the car but ran off when
neighbours spotted them. They, and another couple in a white car,
drove into a loyalist area nearby. The RUC cannot find the car,
despite witnesses reporting that they saw the car parked on the
Shore Road and that two men walked up steps leading to their
target's home. Neither was hiding his face.
Underneath the car a bomb containing powergel commercial
explosives, enough to kill, was found. It was later defused by
the British army.
The UVF murdered the man's brother-in-law in his Bawnmore Park
home on 24 February 1991 as he cradled his child on his knee.
Speaking at the scene and warning nationalists to be vigilant
Sinn Fein councillor Bobby Lavery said that it was another
loyalist attack aimed at intimidating nationalists.