Car bomb attempt on N.Irish policeman foiled

BELFAST - An attempt by militant nationalists to kill a Northern Irish policeman was foiled when a booby trap bomb was found under his car, police said on Sunday.
The attack was the latest by splinter groups of Irish republicans opposed to British rule of the province and a 1998 peace agreement that ended 30 years of sectarian conflict.
It came two months after the first murder of a prison officer in almost 20 years and followed two weeks of rioting by pro-British loyalists protesting against restrictions on the flying of Britain's union flag from Belfast City Hall.
The bomb was discovered under the policeman's car near the Northern Irish parliament in east Belfast. His home and those of his neighbors were evacuated while army bomb disposal experts defused the device.
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