'IRA' Responsible For Parcel Bombs

A group calling itself 'the IRA' has claimed responsibility for a spate of parcel bombs sent to army recruitment offices in Britain last week.

Scotland Yard said the group used a recognised codeword in claiming responsibility for sending the packages to offices in Oxford, Brighton, Canterbury and the Queensmere shopping centre in Slough last week.

Earlier, the group had sent packets to Aldershot, Reading and the RAF careers office in Chatham, Kent.

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said: "We are aware of the claim of responsibility for the devices that were sent to army recruitment centres in England last week.

"The claim was received on Saturday 15 February by a Northern Irish media outlet using a recognised codeword. The claim was allegedly made on behalf of the 'IRA'.

"The public is urged to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the anti-terrorist hotline, 0800 789 321."

The new group consists of Republicans opposed to the peace process and has vowed to ramp up its campaign of 'armed struggle' against the Northern Ireland state and the British government.


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