Bomb defused at N.Irish army training centre

Security forces blamed the attack on national militants opposed to Northern Ireland's 1998 peace deal

Bomb defused at N.Irish army training centre

An army bomb disposal team defused a bomb planted at an army training centre in a Belfast university on Friday, the latest attack aimed at security services in the British-controlled province.

Attacks, often aimed at army or police, have increased since nationalist splinter groups seeking a united Ireland killed two soldiers almost a year ago at an army barracks in County Antrim, northwest of Belfast, and killed a police officer a day later.

Police said the bomb was left at the officer training centre at Queens University.

Security forces blamed the attack on national militants opposed to Northern Ireland's 1998 peace deal that largely ended violence between the predominantly Catholic nationalists and mainly Protestant unionists who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Most analysts agree the groups do not possess the capability to return the province to the three decades of conflict that cost more than 3,600 lives.

Friday's attempted bombing followed last week's explosion of a parcel bomb at a Royal Mail office in central Belfast that caused no injuries.

Reuters

Last Mod: 22 Ocak 2011, 10:21
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