Something went wrong somewhere and five people died.

There have been claims that the security forces knew three days in advance that the PIRA was planning to murder Rev Robert Bradford, Unionist MP for South Belfast. It appears that both FRU and Special Branch had detailed information about the plot, informed their chain of commands and an operation to prevent it was planned. Despite this, the PIRA murder gang succeeded in killing Bradford in Finaghy Community Centre in front of local children. The centre caretaker was also murdered during the attack. The killing didn’t stop there: “This is not just about Mr Bradford, either. There was also Mr Campbell who died and at least three Catholics were killed by loyalists in retaliation in the days after the killing.”