Nicosia Cinema Bombing

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Nicosia Cinema Bombing
Part of the Cyprus Emergency
Date 24 May 1955
Location Nicosia, Cyprus
Result unsuccessful assassination attempt
 United Kingdom EOKA
Commanders and leaders
Governor Sir Robert Armitage Markos Drakos
Grigoris Afxentiou
Archbishop Makarios
Casualties and losses
1 killed

The Nicosia Cinema Bombing took place on 24 May 1955. A cinema in Nicosia was bombed by the EOKA as part of an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate British governor Sir Robert Armitage. The bomb went off a few yards from where Armitage had been sitting a few minutes earlier; however by the time of the explosion most of the cinema had been vacated. The cinema had been screening the movie Forbidden Cargo on Empire Day as a fundraiser for the British Legion Fund.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Assassination Attempt On Governor Of Cyprus". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. 26 May 1955. p. 1. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Governor Missed Bomb Blast By Minutes". The Central Queensland Herald (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1930 - 1956). Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 26 May 1955. p. 4. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "CYPRUS—Britain's Middle-East Headache". The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955). Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia. 27 August 1955. p. 2. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

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