03/02/2003

Continuity IRA blamed for TA bomb attack

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the bomb attack of a Territorial Army base in south Belfast at the weekend.

The explosion in the proximity of a TA centre at Haywood Avenue, Belfast, left a large hole in the base's perimeter fence at around 7.30pm on Sunday.

During a clearance operation by army technical officers two controlled explosions were carried out on one of two devices which had been left in a holdall attached to the fence.

It is believed that the Continuity IRA was behind the attack.

Ulster Unionist MLA Michael McGimpsey said the group was "detached from reality" if it thought such attacks could force unionists way into a United Ireland.

"What this incident did was threaten lives, injury or worse – not least to the substantial loyalist community living close to the Army barracks.

"It is time the Continuity IRA ended their nuisance ways. They must realise that their day is over."

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