Three injured in N.Ireland car bomb

09:23, April 23, 2010      

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Three people were injured in a car bomb explosion outside a police station in Northern Ireland Thursday night, according to TV reports.

The incident took place at about 23:25 p.m. local time (2125 GMT) in the small rural town of Newtownhamilton, County Armagh. Someone called a Belfast hospital an hour earlier and warned that a car was abandoned near the scene of the attack, BBC, UTV and other British media said.

Three people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds. The police station and several nearby houses were damaged. TV footages showed fire crew rushed to the scene and surrounding areas were evacuated.

Local residents said the bombing could be heard some 8 km away.

Police source told reporters that the police station was manned on a part-time basis and apparently no one was there when the bomb exploded.

The bombing took place at a time when separatist-led violence was on a upswing in Northern Ireland with the threat level rising to the highest in 12 years according to some estimate.

Last week, police defused a car bomb in Newtownhamilton, a small town with a population of 648.

Source: Xinhua


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