Belfast — Police reported large arms captures from paramilitary groups favoring both republican and loyalist causes in British-governed Northern Ireland. Six homemade Sten guns, a Thompson submachine gun, a revolver, and 550 mixed rounds of ammunition were seized in an overnight raid on the east Belfast headquarters of the Ulster Defense Association. The UDA, which claims a membership of about 30,000 pro-British Protestants, is the only paramilitary group in the province which is not prescribed.
Police also captured a loaded Soviet-made RPG-7 rocket launcher and shot and wounded an IRA guerrilla in Belfast after ramming a suspect car.
Two weeks ago a policeman was killed and four others wounded when their vehicl e was blown apart by an RGP-7 rocket.