The Provisional IRA shot dead a British soldier in Londonderry as his foot patrol were closing the city gates. Pte Christopher Shenton was hit in the back by one of up to a dozen shots fired by the sniper. One of his colleagues was wounded. The terrorists escaped in a hijacked car.
The 21-year-old was serving with the 1st Battalion Staffordshire Regiment and came from Stoke-on-Trent. No-one was ever convicted of Pte Shenton's murder.