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Small Bomb Detonates at Bus Station in Northern Ireland Border Town

A small bomb detonated inside an abandoned car in the Northern Ireland border town of Newry, but nobody was injured, police said Saturday. No group claimed responsibility for the blast Friday night inside Newry’s main bus depot. But two Irish Republican Army dissident groups continue to mount occasional bombings in opposition to the 1998 peace accord for Northern Ireland, a British territory. Authorities were alerted to the car because it caught fire, suggesting that the homemade explosive device inside had malfunctioned. Firefighters did not realize the source was a small bomb, which detonated as they were dousing the blaze. Shrapnel hit nearby buses but missed the firefighters, police said. Meanwhile, the latest victim of Northern Ireland’s long-running conflict was buried Saturday. Daniel McGurk, 35, had been shot five times in the living room of his Catholic west Belfast home last Sunday by suspected IRA dissidents. Relatives said he had been recovering from an earlier beating by a dissident gang. Several hundred people attended McGurk’s funeral, where the Rev. Matt Wallace decried his killers as “the devil’s disciples” and appealed for them to admit their crime. Full Story

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