Claudy Car Bomb Aug 1972 Explosions Operation Motorman Prior to the military operation 4 000 extra troops were brought

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Claudy Car Bomb Aug 1972 Explosions Operation Motorman Prior to the military operation 4 000 extra troops were brought
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Claudy Car Bomb Aug 1972 Explosions Operation Motorman Prior to the military operation 4 000 extra troops were brought into Northern Ireland to take part in the dismantling of barricades on the boundaries of no go areas It turned out to be the biggest British military operation since the Suez crisis Some 12 000 British troops supported by tanks and bulldozers smashed through the barricades Two people a Catholic teenager and a member of the Irish Republican Army IRA were shot by the British Army during the operation in Derry The number of house searches and the number of Catholics interned were to increase over the coming months The Irish Republican Army IRA exploded three car bombs in Claudy County Derry killing six people instantly while a further three people died of their injuries over the next 12 days Five of those who were killed were Protestant civilians while the other four were Catholic civilians

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