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On 4 September 1985, the Provisional IRA fired mortar bombs at a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Nobody was killed, but 30 people were injured. The base, which was mainly used to train new recruits, was very badly damaged. It was one of many IRA mortar attacks on British Army and RUC bases in the 1980s.
|Enniskillen mortar attack|
|Part of the Troubles|
|Location||Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland|
|Date||4 September 1985 |
07:50 am (GMT)
|Lob bomb, Mortar attack|
Volunteers from the IRA's south Fermanagh brigade hijacked a lorry and fitted it with a baseplate and improvised mortar tubes. They parked the lorry on waste ground outside a pub about 300 yards away from the RUC base.
At around 07:50am, the IRA unit launched the mortars at the base, three mortars hit the main building, badly damaging it, and one hit a car park beside the building, where the recruits usually sleep, damaging a watch tower. The IRA's intelligence was faulty; they believed the recruits would be sleeping at the time of the attack but were instead having breakfast in another part of the base.
An RUC spokesman said "It is absolutely incredible that no one was seriously hurt or killed". There was 150 people in the base at the time
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- "CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1985". cain.ulster.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
- Bishop, Patrick; Mallie, Eamonn (1987). The Provisional IRA. Corgi Books. pp. 420–421. ISBN 0-552-13337-X.
- "IRA MORTAR BOMBS HIT POLICE TRAINING CENTER - Chicago Tribune". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.