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Mountbatten Assassination / IRA Terrorism #506030

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 28, 1979
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(Studio) Brussels, Belgium, explosion, coming day after murders of Lord Louis Mountbatten and 18 British soldiers, reported also work of IRA. Prime Min Margaret Thatcher reported calling emergency cabinet meeting to consider possible terrorist attacks on Queen among others; return of royal family, scattered throughout England and Europe on vacations, noted under secrecy and heavy guard. Reaction to Mountbatten's murder noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(London, England) British newspaper headlines said reflecting attitude of many here to IRA: incrd. security around Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland reported due to possibility of her being on IRA (Irish Republican Army) hit list Returns of Prince Philip and Prince Charles reported, shown. 10 Downing Street mtg., called by Thatcher with regard to IRA's expertise in assassinations, cited. [Defense minister Francis PYM - discusses IRA.] Thatcher's policy with regard to IRA mentioned.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Total number dead from both incidents yesterday reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Mullaghmore, Ireland) Investigations into murders said conducted from Mountbatten's summer home; films shown. Conditions of 3 survivors from Mountbatten incident outlined; witness to explosion named. [MAN - says he'll miss Mountbatten.]
REPORTER: Steve Mallory

(Irish Border) Those killed in attack on soldiers in North Ireland noted from 2nd battalion parachute regiment, a prime target of IRA (Irish Republican Army) since Bloody Sunday uprising in 1972; response of soldiers to fragments of bodies found quoted. [Lieutenant Colonel Colin THOMPSON - comments.] Demands of action by Protestant Ulster Defense Association outlined; films shown. Upcoming visit to Ireland by Pope John Paul II and possible backlash by both Protestants and Catholics noted
REPORTER: Keith Miller

(Studio) Irish and Vatican sources quoted with regard to John Paul's Sept visit to Ireland; papal message to Queen quoted with regard to Mountbatten murders.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Cochran, John;
Mallory, Steve;
Miller, Keith

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