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BELFAST, Ireland -- British army explosives experts defused
a firebomb planted at a waterworks by dissident Irish republicans
opposed to the Northern Ireland peace process, police said.
The bomb disposal team was called in after police said they
received several warnings, purporting to come from the Continuity
IRA, that a device had been left at the works in Keady, a mainly
Catholic village in South Armagh, close to the Irish border.
Superintendent Bob Moore said those who planted the bomb, which
was made from a gas cylinder and a container full of gasoline hidden
in a garbage bin, were guilty of a "reckless and dangerous act."
"The device contained a lethal cocktail which, had it gone off,
had the potential to cause considerable damage and would certainly
have risked the lives of anyone in its vicinity," he said in a
"It also had the potential to cause serious disruption to the
water supply for around 10,000 homes."
The waterworks is not manned, but is visited daily by staff making
checks, police said.
The mainstream Irish Republican Army called a cease-fire in its
war against British rule in Northern Ireland in 1997.
But splinter groups such as the Continuity IRA and the Real IRA,
who oppose the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement, have continued to
mount sporadic attacks in Northern Ireland and Britain.
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