Army defuses bomb near Belfast school

2012-01-17 18:32

Dublin - Northern Ireland police say British Army experts have defused a pipe bomb near a Catholic elementary school in Belfast.

St Teresa's Primary School in west Belfast was closed on Tuesday during the security operation.

Police said they found the bomb near the scene of an overnight fire that destroyed a small shop across the street from the school.

No group claimed responsibility. Police said they were keeping an open mind as to which Northern Ireland paramilitary faction planted the bomb.

Extremists in the country's Protestant majority have left pipe bombs near Catholic schools many times in the past.

Irish Republican Army dissidents based in Catholic areas also sometimes stage crimes, such as arson attacks, in the hope of luring police into an ambush.

  • Wilbur - 2012-01-17 20:00

    Looks like the IRA is feeling a little left out now that alQaeda is taking all the limelight, isn't that right old chap?

      Saffa - 2012-01-17 20:33

      Wrong Wilbur. The bomb was left near a CATHOLIC school....the IRA are Catholic by faith, not protestant. Tis one of the Protestant 'paramilitary' squads responsible for this one..

  • stuart.steedman - 2012-01-17 20:09

    Ah yes, religion, is there nothing on this planet you won't mess up? And my fundie friends wonder why I choose atheism...

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