Bomb as Murphy starts job.Byline: JOE GORROD
A TERROR gang greeted Northern Ireland's new Secretary of State with a bomb raid aimed to kill and maim maim v. to inflict a serious bodily injury, including mutilation or any harm which limits the victim's ability to function physically. Originally, in English Common Law it meant to cut off or permanently cripple a bodily member like an arm, leg, hand, or foot. yesterday.
But a faulty detonator detonator (dĕ`tənā'tər), type of explosive that reacts with great rapidity and is used to set off other, more inert explosives. Fulminate of mercury mixed with potassium chlorate is a commonly used detonator. saved hundreds from a blast as they were being shepherded to safety in Belfast city centre Coordinates:
Belfast City Centre is the central business district of the City of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The City Centre was originally centred around the Donegall Street area. .
Continuity IRA's van bomb came as Ulster Secretary Paul Murphy began his first day on the job with a walkabout in Bangor, Co Down.
A phoned warning would have been too late if the bomb had been triggered , said police.
Chief Insp Bill Brown said: "The warning was totally inadequate to clear an area of this size. It presented a serious threat to life and property."
Last night it was disclosed that sophisticated new pistols are to be issued to more than 7,000 police in the province.
Chief Constable Hugh Orde has ordered ageing Ruger revolvers be replaced with Glock 17 semi-automatics at a cost of pounds 3million, with training in the personal protection weapons from April.