Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Off a bomb hours before the visit of Elizabeth II to Dublin

Barcelona / Dublin (Writing and agencies) .- Irish Army Bomb defused on Tuesday a homemade explosive device near Dublin, hours before Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom to initiate a historic visit to the Republic of Ireland. As reported on Tuesday a spokesman for the Army, the engine was in the baggage compartment of a bus in the town of Maynooth, County Kildare, near Dublin.

The artifact was found last night by police and bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion early this morning. This event coincides with the strong security measures in the country for a visit that begins today British sovereign, the first by a monarch of the United Kingdom since the independence of the Republic of Ireland in 1921.

Splinter groups inactive Irish Republican Army (IRA) is opposed to the trip, which takes place as part of the normalization of relations between the two countries after years of difficulties by the conflict in Northern Ireland. British police on Monday reported that the IRA dissidents threatened with a bomb in central London.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed that security has increased tremendously in the British capital after receiving the threat Sunday night "nonspecific." The visibly increased police presence in the city, and several streets around the Mall, the avenue that joins Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square were closed to traffic.

According to the BBC, the police had received "a coded warning" by dissident republicans, who oppose the peace process in Northern Ireland, which is why it has taken seriously the warning of a possible attack. Second artefactoEl Irish Army is investigating another possible device in the Irish capital, the BBC reports

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