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Suspects Held in Omagh Bombing

March 2, 1999

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ Police continued to question three suspects today in connection with last year’s deadly car bombing in Omagh, the worst single atrocity in the 30-year conflict over British-ruled Northern Ireland.

The three were among five people brought in for questioning since Saturday. The other two were released late Monday and this morning.

Police in both parts of Ireland have been involved in an ongoing effort to secure charges against the Irish Republican Army dissidents responsible for the Aug. 15 blast that killed 29 people and wounded 370.

More than 60 people have been detained but later released. So far only one man has been charged in connection with the bombing.

Under an Irish anti-terrorism law strengthened after the Omagh bombing, the suspects can be questioned for up to 72 hours before being charged or released.

The dissidents responsible for the attack on the religiously mixed Northern Ireland town broke away from the IRA following the outlawed group’s July 1997 cease-fire. They oppose the decision of the IRA’s allied Sinn Fein party to accept the Belfast peace accord of April 1998, which proposed creating a new Protestant-Catholic government for Northern Ireland, a state the IRA has traditionally sought to abolish.

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