1990 Eltham bombing

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1990 Eltham bombing
Part of the Troubles
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Eltham Palace in 2012, after the Corps left
LocationEltham, London, England
Date14 May 1990
10:00 (UTC)
Attack type
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorProvisional Irish Republican Army (IRA)

On 14 May 1990, a bomb attack on an army education office in Eltham, southeast London injured seven people. The Provisional IRA (PIRA) claimed responsibility in a statement from Belfast, its first in a mainland bombing campaign targeting 'soft' military targets. The injured were three women and three men, all of them civilians. The bomb was plastic, up to 10 lb and hidden in a flowerbed at Eltham Palace - headquarters of the Royal Army Educational Corps (RAEC) - which could have easily killed many.[1] Casualties were kept low by thin nylon film on the windows, which protected it from the flying glass.[2] The attack caused extensive damage to the building and parked cars.[3] The Corps left the centre in Eltham in 1992.[4] Two days later, an IRA bomb in a military facility at Wembley killed a soldier.

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  1. ^ "YARD WARNS IRA HIT SQUADS MAY BE ACTIVE IN MAINLAND BRITAIN Bomb in flower bed". HeraldScotland.
  2. ^ Jones, Ian (31 October 2016). "London: Bombed Blitzed and Blown Up: The British Capital Under Attack Since 1867". Frontline Books – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Seven hurt in IRA claimed blast".
  4. ^ "The Army at Eltham Palace - English Heritage". www.english-heritage.org.uk.