Real IRA admits Northern Ireland MI5 base car bomb

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The Real IRA has admitted it was behind a car bomb which exploded outside MI5's Northern Ireland headquarters.

The blast seems to have been timed to coincide with the precise moment that policing and justice powers devolved from Westminster to Stormont.

It happened at about 0020 BST outside Palace Barracks, in Holywood, County Down. A warning was given.

The bomb went off as the surrounding area was being evacuated. An elderly man was treated for minor injuries.

The bomb was placed in a taxi, which was hijacked in the Ligoniel area of north Belfast, about seven miles from Holywood, at about 2150 BST.

The driver was held hostage by three men for about two hours before being told to drive his taxi to the barracks.

Security staff began evacuating the area just before midnight and the bomb exploded at about 0020 BST.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8614723.stm
 

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