Two Bombs in Northern Ireland, Five People Injured
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Five civilians were injured in the bombing of a village police station in Northern Ireland late Wednesday, police said.
Police said a time bomb was left in a van parked outside the police station in Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh, and houses were damaged when it blew up, injuring residents, who were hospitalized for treatment.
Police said there was an anonymous telephone warning before the blast but they didn’t have time to evacuate every home.
″The village is devastated, with windows blown out and people running around dazed with shock,″ said village councilman Bert Johnston. ″Some people were caught by flying glass and some didn’t have time to get out of their homes when their ceilings came down on them.″
A smaller bomb exploded earlier in a garage 30 miles to the north in the border town of Strabane, County Tyrone, damaging businesses but injuring no one, police said.
Police attributed both explosions to the outlawed Irish Republican Army, fighting British rule in the province.