The On-Duty Threat
This chapter explores the terrorist threat which RUC officers encountered when they were on duty. Terrorists were well armed and RUC men and women were exposed to a range of potentially lethal weaponry—hand guns, high velocity rifles, drogue bombs, RPG-7 rockets and mortars. Accordingly, police stations became heavily fortified and officers patrolled in armoured cars and Land Rovers. They also wore body armour when on duty. However, these often proved ineffective against mortar attacks and large culvert and roadside bombs.
KeywordsFortified police stations Armoured cars Armoured Land Rovers Mortars RPG-7 rockets
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