Bessbrook bomb kills four RUC men- 17th April 1979

Least we Forget – Over 300 members of the RUC were killed during the Troubles.

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Bessbrook

Booby Trap Van Bomb

17th April 1979

Four Protestant members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), were killed by a Provisional IRA remote-controlled bomb hidden in a parked van, and detonated when their mobile patrol drove past, Bessbrook.

The bomb was estimated at 1,000 pound and was believed to be the largest bomb used by the IRA up to that date.

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Victims

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17 April 1979


Paul Gray, (25)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by remote controlled bomb hidden in parked van, detonated when Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol drove past, Bessbrook, County Armagh.

See 17th April Deaths & Events

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17 April 1979


Robert Lockhart,  (44)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by remote controlled bomb hidden in parked van, detonated when Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol drove past, Bessbrook…

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