Two N.Irish police injured in Belfast bomb attack

By REUTERS
September 16, 2011 13:51

 
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BELFAST - Two police officers were injured in a bomb attack on the outskirts of Belfast overnight, the latest of a series of attacks on law enforcement in Northern Ireland, police said on Friday.

Police blamed Irish nationalist militants for bomb attacks on the homes of police officials on Wednesday near the city of Londonderry. They did not say who was to blame for Friday's attack.

The bomb was thrown at a police patrol as they responded to an alarm call at a toy store shortly after midnight. The officers' injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Two members of the store's staff were treated for shock.

Officials have said that armed Irish nationalist militants opposed Britain's presence in Northern Ireland are more active than at any time since a 1998 peace deal. But they lack the wider community support the Irish Republican Army had during three bloody decades known as "the troubles".

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