The bombing was carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). They aimed to assassinate the leadership of the loyalist Ulster Defence Association (UDA), who were to be meeting in a room above Frizzell’s fish and chip shop on the Shankill Road, Belfast.
One of the IRA members was killed along with a UDA member and eight civilians. More than fifty people were wounded. Unknown to the IRA, the meeting had been rescheduled.
Survivors and relatives, some for the first time, speak of the events of that day.