DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ The Irish Republican Army on Wednesday claimed responsibility for last week's bombing in Manchester, England, that injured more than 200 people.

In a statement issued in Dublin, the IRA said it ``sincerely regretted'' injuries to civilians.

The truck bomb exploded Saturday at a shopping mall in the center of the northern England city while police were clearing the area following warnings delivered by phone.

The blast caused millions of dollars of damage and forced a closure of the city center.