A huge explosion rocked the camp. In the main barracks windows blew out, and the walls shuddered with the shock wave. Outside the main gate to the camp a thick greasy cloud of grey and black smoke pillared skywards from what had been the Sandes home building, but which had become in a matter of seconds a shell of torn corrugated iron and burning timber, rapidly reducing to a pile of ashes as an inferno of flame raged at its centre. A large bomb concealed in the delivery van parked on the opposite side of the road from Sandes home had exploded without warning causing the building to catch fire and collapse. It was completely gutted within minutes Tragically two young soldiers died in the explosion, L/Cpl A COUGHLAN and Pte M SWANICK. Thirty-three others, mainly soldiers of the Battalion but including two civilians were injured in the attack