Soldier Killed in Bombing
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ A bomb hit a jeep during a joint police-army patrol in a village northwest of Belfast, killing an Ulster Defense Regiment soldier and wounding another, police reported Thursday.
No group claimed responsibility for the bombing Wednesday night in the village of Bellaghy, 25 miles to the northwest.
The Royal Ulster Constabulary identified the slain soldier as Pvt. Michael Boxall, 27, a full-time member of the Ulster Defense Regiment, a locally recruited unit of the British Army.
A second soldier wounded in the attack remained in serious condition Thursday with leg and eye injuries.
Police headquarters at Belfast said in a statement that the bomb hit one of four Land Rover jeeps comprising a joint police-army patrol traveling along the main street of the village.
The death brings the overall total since sectarian and political violence flared in Northern Ireland in 1969 to at least 2,915.