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Truck bombing averted

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Police in Northern Ireland this week found an abandoned van wired with 1,200 pounds of explosives. The van had two large drums of fertilizer-based explosives connected to a detonator and timer, and “was clearly designed to cause immense damage,” said Chief Inspector George Brien. Police said they were interrogating four members of an Irish Republican Army splinter group, the Real IRA, on suspicion of plotting to blow up a train station. The group, which broke off from the IRA after a peace agreement in 1997, committed Northern Ireland’s deadliest terrorist act the following year with a car bombing that killed 29.

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