Northern Ireland: The I.R.A.'s Great Escape

Britain is embarrassed as 38 terrorists break out of the Maze

The arrival of the food van at Northern Ireland's Maze Prison on Sunday afternoon was routine enough. It was carrying the 4:30 meal (corned beef, pork, eggs, cheese, bread and tea) for the prison's inmates, many of them convicted terrorists of the Irish Republican Army. Passing through two security gates, the van pulled up in front of No. 7 H-block of the prison, site of dramatic I.R.A. hunger strikes two years ago. There the routine came to a violent stop. Prisoners armed with...

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