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Suspects in Omagh Attack Identified

January 4, 1999

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ The detective leading the investigation into Northern Ireland’s worst terrorist attack says he has identified key members of the IRA dissident gang responsible _ but does not yet have enough evidence to convict them, a newspaper reported Monday.

Det. Chief Superintendent Eric Anderson and more than a dozen detectives have been working to capture the renegade Irish Republican Army members behind the Aug. 15 car bombing in Omagh that killed 29 people and wounded 370.

In an interview Monday in The Times newspaper of London, Anderson is quoted as saying his detectives know the identities and residences of a half-dozen members of the gang and were ``trying to work out their actual roles″ in planning and executing the attack.

``The problem is producing a case that convicts them. It’s one thing to know who did it, and another to produce evidence to put them away,″ he was quoted as saying.

The IRA dissidents, dubbed the Real IRA by Irish media because they refuse to use a different name, oppose the July 1997 cease-fire being observed by the parent organization. But the dissidents have called their own truce in response to widespread public horror over the Omagh attack.

Despite more than 60 arrests of suspects in both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, no one has been charged in connection with the attack.

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