'Very, VERY, lucky': Soldier finds bomb under his car seat on visit to see girlfriend

the_boy_syrup

LE
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#1
A soldier was yesterday said to be ‘very, very lucky’ to be alive after finding a terrorist bomb planted in his car on a visit to his girlfriend in Northern Ireland.
Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process placed the murderous device beneath the driver’s seat after the soldier left the Vauxhall Astra unlocked.
But the off-duty serviceman, who is not based in Northern Ireland, cheated death after spotting the booby-trap while cleaning the vehicle before picking up a child from school.


He noticed a trip wire which connected the seatbelt to the device on Thursday.
Police said there could have been massive bloodshed if the bomb on a housing estate in Belfast had exploded.
Despite the narrow escape the soldier, from Scotland, is expected to be hauled over the coals by the Army for breaching strict personal security orders.
His parked car was left open outside his long-term girlfriend’s home in nationalist north Belfast and he is understood to have ignored safety guidance by telling several people he was a member of the Armed Forces.
The vehicle was also described as a ‘party car’ by local politicians who said it had been used to transport revellers to celebrations across the Ligoniel district on Wednesday night.

This alerted terrorists belonging to Oglaigh na hEireann, a splinter group of the Continuity IRA, to his whereabouts and movements.


Read more: Soldier finds bomb under his car seat on visit to see girlfriend in Belfast | Mail Online

Morale of the story - get her to do the school run herself........
 
#2
Morale of the story - 'They haven't gone away you know'
 
#3
A soldier was yesterday said to be ‘very, very lucky’ to be alive after finding a terrorist bomb planted in his car on a visit to his girlfriend in Northern Ireland.
Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process placed the murderous device beneath the driver’s seat after the soldier left the Vauxhall Astra unlocked.
But the off-duty serviceman, who is not based in Northern Ireland, cheated death after spotting the booby-trap while cleaning the vehicle before picking up a child from school.


He noticed a trip wire which connected the seatbelt to the device on Thursday.
Police said there could have been massive bloodshed if the bomb on a housing estate in Belfast had exploded.
Despite the narrow escape the soldier, from Scotland, is expected to be hauled over the coals by the Army for breaching strict personal security orders.
His parked car was left open outside his long-term girlfriend’s home in nationalist north Belfast and he is understood to have ignored safety guidance by telling several people he was a member of the Armed Forces.
The vehicle was also described as a ‘party car’ by local politicians who said it had been used to transport revellers to celebrations across the Ligoniel district on Wednesday night.

This alerted terrorists belonging to Oglaigh na hEireann, a splinter group of the Continuity IRA, to his whereabouts and movements.


Read more: Soldier finds bomb under his car seat on visit to see girlfriend in Belfast | Mail Online

Morale of the story - get her to do the school run herself........
I can't see that being a particular highlight, Aesop.

I like the way the local politicians are blaming the soldier. Yeah, he was a bit of a bellend, but the blame is lying firmly with a bunch of cnuts who are... well, cnuts.
 

ancienturion

LE
Book Reviewer
#5
After Billions upon Billions of Pounds and after terrorists have been given power in parliment, please don't tell me that we're back we we left off over a decade ago...
They never go away and I fear they never will.
 
#6
Too much money in drugs and crime... republicanism/nationalism ceased to be teh raison d'etre years ago.
 
#8
A soldier was yesterday said to be ‘very, very lucky’ to be alive after finding a terrorist bomb planted in his car on a visit to his girlfriend in Northern Ireland.
Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process placed the murderous device beneath the driver’s seat after the soldier left the Vauxhall Astra unlocked.
But the off-duty serviceman, who is not based in Northern Ireland, cheated death after spotting the booby-trap while cleaning the vehicle before picking up a child from school.


He noticed a trip wire which connected the seatbelt to the device on Thursday.
Police said there could have been massive bloodshed if the bomb on a housing estate in Belfast had exploded.
Despite the narrow escape the soldier, from Scotland, is expected to be hauled over the coals by the Army for breaching strict personal security orders.
His parked car was left open outside his long-term girlfriend’s home in nationalist north Belfast and he is understood to have ignored safety guidance by telling several people he was a member of the Armed Forces.
The vehicle was also described as a ‘party car’ by local politicians who said it had been used to transport revellers to celebrations across the Ligoniel district on Wednesday night.

This alerted terrorists belonging to Oglaigh na hEireann, a splinter group of the Continuity IRA, to his whereabouts and movements.


Read more: Soldier finds bomb under his car seat on visit to see girlfriend in Belfast | Mail Online

Morale of the story - get her to do the school run herself........
Do try to keep up old chap...

http://www.arrse.co.uk/current-affa...thern-ireland-criminals-still-their-work.html

Incidentally,I often worked in that area when I was a techy with NTL/VM,always hated it & I got threatened a few times working at the street cabinets not to disconnect the illigal connections.In fact we did an audit once & in one cab,80% of the connections were illigal,so we were told by management to disconnect them,which we did.(The was three of us working on the one cab)
Few hours later we found out that the NTL depot got a phone call off someone stating the next NTL engineer working in the area would 'get it' if any more were disconnected.
So we were ordered out of the area...
 
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Zarathustra

Guest
#9
Yes it is the fault of the scum bags who planted the bomb, but, if the reports are correct and he'd been telling people he was in the Army and using his taxi to ferry people to parties around town and then left his car unlocked he is not only very, very, lucky but also very, very, stupid for being so slack with his persec.
 
#10
Yes it is the fault of the scum bags who planted the bomb, but, if the reports are correct and he'd been telling people he was in the Army and using his taxi to ferry people to parties around town and then left his car unlocked he is not only very, very, lucky but also very, very, stupid for being so slack with his persec.
I don't think he was ferrying them around - but letting them use his car when he wasn't in it. But saying that, I think it was a Sinn Fien member who said that anyway!

Yes Cscum are in wrong for plating the device, but for god's sake, I wouldn't go round NI saying I'm an ex squaddie. Common sense isn't very common.
 
#11
Blokes an idiot. Very lucky idiot, but idiot nevertheless. To be honest it's shocking the amount of blokes I've seen mincing around the 2 Belfast airports and the ferry port with things ranging from corps/regtl ties to a bloke coming from liverpool to Belfast on the ferry who had a bergan with his zap number and coy painted on the back, he then asked mr joe public if they could watch it for five minutes while he went to the bar!! If that wasn't bad enough he then proceeded to cycle in the direction of palace! Tit. Due to the job I do we get int briefs every week but I'm thinking that maybe units not on Helvetic need them too.
 
#12
Yes it is the fault of the scum bags who planted the bomb, but, if the reports are correct and he'd been telling people he was in the Army and using his taxi to ferry people to parties around town and then left his car unlocked he is not only very, very, lucky but also very, very, stupid for being so slack with his persec.
He's a Scot going out with an Irish lass... I'm thinking he thought they were all 'together'. A mistake made by one or two other Scots before now.
 
#13
Was in Belfast on New Years Eve, and somehow got talking to this lad who informs me, after no time at all that he was in the army. I reminded Hom that it wasn't too wise to be telling any old Tom dick or Harry what his purpose was. His girlfriend from Northern Ireland was a friend of my sister-in-law, and I know for a fact that her relations are involved in dodgy dealings.

Couldn't believe how quick he was to tell me..?!! When i was still serving and went home, I kept my mouth shut. Still do. There's no change over there,inasmuch as the 'bad boys' are still there,maybe not so visible, but they are still about.
 
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Zarathustra

Guest
#15
I always thought you were supposed to tell your unit if you were planning to visit NI.
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
He's a Scot going out with an Irish lass... I'm thinking he thought they were all 'together'. A mistake made by one or two other Scots before now.
Do you mean Celtic and Rangers tops don't give you an automatic "in" to the locals?

Aren't bullet or bomb proof either then?
 
#17
#18
He can't be that lucky - he is going out with a bird from rough end of Ligoniel!!

That well known republican newsletter (whose name I can't spell) will be giving the British Army a good slagging off for putting innocent civilians at risk.

Crime, drugs and republican/loyalist terrorism will of course still continue as a root cause, however in this case it is probably down to a healthy dose of religious bigotry. How long before a "bad" catholic girl gets a tar and feathering lesson.
 
#19
I sat opposite a Rodney trumper in the departure lounge at Aldergrove - must have been 2001. He had on his pink moleskins, chukka boots, a checked barbour shirt, a mustard sports jacket all topped off nicely with a Regimental cravat and an olive green Berghaus daysack. Whiled away the hour drinking Guinness while my mate - a lad from Belfast - kept asking him bone questions "So sorr, have ye enjoyed yer wee holiday in the province?" etc etc etc and I pretended to make notes in my diary.

All good fun.
Shared a flight home home in 1992 with two muppets carrying daysack wrapped in black bin bags and olive green shoulder straps sticking out. Both with tats, trendy jeans and quaint regional accents, so I am guessing not rodneys from a proper regiment!
 
#20
I always thought you were supposed to tell your unit if you were planning to visit NI.
When I was in you had to apply six weeks minimum in advance,after being approved by your squadron,it went of so the RUC (as it was then) & RAF P&SS then assessed the risk in the area where you were going,then your leave got approved or not by them.
When you arrived in the province,you then had to go for a security briefing which included what areas of NI you could go to & what were out-of-bounds.
I came home once & had a briefing off the RAF P&SS who said I could go home to Bangor,the next day I got a phone call from Malone Rd UDR Barracks asking where was I as I'd missed my security brief,so I toodles up to Malone Rd,who then told me Bangor was out of bounds!!WTF!!!...

Incidentally,one of the WRAF's I worked with was from here in NI & went home without getting approval before going,when she got back to Kinloss she was charged for going home without permission to enter the Province. (I think she shown her RAF 1250 at a checkpoint,which is how they got her)
 

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