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Belfast bomb signals rising tension in loyalist feud

The funeral yesterday of a murder victim followed by a bombing in inner-city Belfast signalled that a lethal feud between two sets of loyalist paramilitaries is set to continue. The bombing took place near a bar that is a well-known haunt of members of the Ulster Volunteer Force, which for the past week has been locked in a feud with the rival Loyalist Volunteer Force. The Army has been redeployed in some hardline loyalist areas of Belfast in the hope of damping down the latest outbreak of feuding between the Protestant groups. The troops, not normally seen on the streets of the city in recent years, are augmenting police patrols in east Belfast. But both factions have scores of activists and the security forces know they have little hope of preventing further violence. Full Story

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