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IRA Says Two Killed By Bomb Were Its Own

November 18, 1991

ST. ALBANS, England (AP) _ The Irish Republican Army said Sunday the two people killed by a bomb near a military band concert north of London were IRA members ″on active duty.″

Police had speculated earlier that the man and woman whose bodies were found after the Friday night explosion were bombers who had intended to hit a group of army bandsmen.

Scotland Yard said Sunday that a number of people had been questioned about the St. Albans bomb, but none were in custody. Police would give no further details.

In Belfast, the IRA issued a statement to Downtown Radio saying, ″The two people who died in the bomb explosion in St. Albans were volunteers in the IRA. Both were on active service at the time of their deaths.″

Police believe the bomb exploded prematurely but was intended for the Blues and Royal regiment giving a charity concert before an audience of 350 in the town’s center.