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Bomb on Bus Explodes in N. Ireland

October 30, 2001

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ A bomb planted on a hijacked bus exploded outside a police station as soldiers were trying to defuse it, police said Monday. No injuries were reported.

A police spokeswoman said the bomb, containing about 5 kilograms (11 lbs) of explosives, was on a bus that was abandoned outside the gates of Woodbourne police station in west Belfast.

Earlier Monday, two armed, masked men hijacked a city bus and ordered the driver to go to the police station. Police and army bomb-disposal experts, alerted by the driver, were attempting to perform controlled explosions on the device when it went off.

Superintendent Maggie Hunter of the Royal Ulster Constabulary called the attack a ``reckless terrorist act in which people could have died or been injured.″

The police station gates and the bus were damaged in the blast, and homes in the area were evacuated for several hours.

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