There were three vehicles in the convoy, with the UDR travelling in front. After the point vehicle had passed, a huge explosion caught the second vehicle, an armoured Transit van. As the van disappeared into a 15-foot deep crater left by the bomb, at least three gunmen opened fire on the remaining troops. The soldiers returned fire and the terrorists fled across fields and into a getaway car. One of them was reported to have suffered a facial wound. Two men were later arrested in the Republic, but released without charge.
The 400lb device had been placed in a culvert, a regular ambush tactic of the IRA and difficult to defend against. The two soldiers were killed instantly. Signalman Paul Reece was a member of the Royal Corps of Signals and came from Crewe. Gunner Richard Furminger served with the Royal Artillery and came from Colchester. The two teenagers had been posted to Northern Ireland just nine days earlier.
|Signalman Reece and Gunner Furminger|