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N.Irish Police Arrest Two Over Omagh Bombing

Two people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the 1998 Omagh bombing, the single worst atrocity in Northern Ireland’s violent history. Police said a man and woman in south Armagh were taken in for questioning following a huge security operation involving 200 officers and soldiers. “They will be questioned about a series of terrorist offences, including Omagh,” said a police spokeswoman. The bombing of the town of Omagh on a busy market day in 1998 killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured 200 more. Last month, Michael McKevitt was jailed for 20 years in the Irish Republic for leading the dissident group of republicans behind the bombing. But that offence did not cover Omagh and no-one has yet been charged with murder over the actual attack. Frustrated at the slow progress in bringing the bombers to justice, relatives of the victims are taking a landmark civil case against five individuals they hold responsible for the attack. The British government has paid 800,000 pounds ($1.26 million) toward the cost of the case. Full Story

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