Bomb attack on N. Irish army base, no injuries
A bomb exploded at a British army base in Northern Ireland, officials said, causing no injuries.
A bomb exploded at a British army base in Northern Ireland on Thursday, officials said, causing no injuries but serving as a growing reminder of dissident Irish Republican activity in the British province.
Police said they believed the device was thrown over the front gate of the compound of the British Territorial Army, a reserve force, shortly before 1 a.m. local time (midnight GMT), causing some "blast damage", with shrapnel also found in nearby streets.
"Had an innocent person been in the area at the time they could have been killed or seriously injured," Chief Inspector Ian Campbell said in a statement.
A person was seen running from the area at the time of the attack, he added.
"In North Belfast we have witnessed an escalation of dissident Republican terrorist activity," said Nigel Dodds, the local member of British parliament from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), said.
"I believe the same criminal elements are responsible for this incident."
A 1998 peace agreement mostly ended decades of fighting known as "The Troubles" that killed 3,600 people in Northern Ireland but sporadic violence still occurs.
Republican party Sinn Fein, which shares the executive with the DUP, condemned Thursday's attack.
"Whatever group was responsible they need to realise that they will not succeed in their attempts to derail the peace process," Sinn Fein Councilor Tierna Cunningham said in a statement.
Reuters Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2009, 01:04