Thursday, February 25, 2010

Insurgency Rises in Northern Ireland

clipped from online.wsj.com
NIRELAND

The car bomb that exploded in the Northern Ireland city of Newry Monday night highlights the resurgence in activity of Irish Republican splinter groups determined to wreck the province's fragile peace process with an increasingly sophisticated use of explosives.

But analysts say that despite the upsurge in attacks, there is little likelihood of a return to the full-blown violence that plagued the province at the height of the Troubles.

Monday's 225-pound bomb went off in a car near the front security gates of the courthouse of Newry, a town near the border with the Republic of Ireland. Warnings were received by authorities giving 30 minutes' notice of the blast, but the device exploded just 17 minutes later. Local police said it was a "sheer miracle" no one was killed or hurt.

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