N. Ireland police defuse van bomb on road to Dublin

April 9, 2011 11:52

BELFAST - Police in Northern Ireland defused a "viable bomb" in a van on the main Dublin-Belfast road on Saturday, a week after suspected dissident Republicans carried out their first killing of a policeman in two years.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb, but police said they suspected dissident Republicans opposed to the 1998 peace agreement which largely ended three decades of violence that killed over 3,600 people.

The bomb was discovered under a motorway bridge south of Newry after two warning calls on Friday.

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