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Police Say IRA Tried to Abduct Dissident

The Irish Republican Army tried to abduct a leading IRA dissident from a Belfast bar, Northern Ireland’s police chief said Saturday, reviving arguments over whether the outlawed group will ever renounce violence and disband. Leaders of the moderate Catholic and Protestant parties demanded clear, new peace commitments from the IRA after Chief Constable Hugh Orde revealed Friday night’s abduction attempt. Police responding to a telephone call from the pub prevented the gang from escaping by ramming into their van at a nearby intersection. Inside the van, they found four IRA suspects and the would-be abductee, alleged IRA dissident Bobby Tohill. Police arrested the four suspects and were interrogating them Saturday. Witnesses said up to three others ran away from the vehicle into Catholic west Belfast, a primary IRA power base nearby. Full Story

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