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N.Irish Police Intercept Suspected Republican Bomb

Northern Ireland police intercepted a huge bomb hidden in a van in the city of Londonderry Sunday, and blamed pro-Irish republican guerrillas opposed to a peace deal in the British-ruled province. The device, comprising 600 pounds of home-made explosives packed into barrels, was discovered in a van that had been left on a bridge over the River Foyle. Police had earlier noticed the driver acting suspiciously. Police said the bomb had been intended for “imminent attack” and blamed Roman Catholic republican guerrillas opposed to the 1998 Good Friday peace deal — aimed at ending 30 years of strife between pro-British Protestants and pro-Irish Catholics. “It is still at a very early stage in the investigation but it has all the hallmarks of a dissident republican device,” Chief Inspector George Brien told reporters. He said the bomb’s target was still unclear, but similar attacks by dissident republicans in recent years had been used to attack police or army installations. Full Story

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