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Terrifying moment Martin McGuinness plants car bomb that injured 26 | UK | News

Former IRA terrorist Martin McGuinness was filmed planting a car bomb that maimed 26 people in new unearthed BBC documentary footage.

The bomber-turned-politician can be seen in the video from the film The Secret Army, now available on iPlayer, which shows the then 21-year-old McGuinness involved in an attack on Londonderry in 1972.

The blast from the paramilitary device injured 26 people when the huge explosion went off on Shipquay Street on March 21 of that year.

McGuinness, who died in 2017, was filmed without a disguise by an American film crew for the documentary which has remained buried for nearly 50 years.

In the video he can be seen loitering by the Volkswagon car with the registration 7337 UI, the same vehicle which was later obliterated by the bomb in the attack.

McGuinness later became a prominent member of Irish republican party Sinn Féin and served as the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland until March 2017.

As a politician he was one of the key figures in the signing of the The Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, in April 1998, which sought to bring to an end violent conflict in Northern Ireland, known as the Troubles.

In 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was pictured shaking hands with the former IRA commander in a historic moment of reconciliation.

The writer and producer of the BBC film was J. Bowyer Bell who was writing a book called The Secret Army: The IRA 1916–1970.

According to The Sun, Mr Bowyer Bell’s fly-on-the-wall camera team arrived in Northern Ireland soon after January 30, 1972, when the British Army killed 14 unarmed civilians in an incident known as Bloody Sunday.

At this time the IRA were involved in bombings and shootings almost daily, and the blast in the film in Londonderry happened as part of two days of violence that saw eight people killed.

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