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Hillary Clinton greeted by two bombs for Northern Ireland visit

Published: December 7, 2012
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Source: The Independent

A second homemade bomb has been found in Northern Ireland just hours before a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Both incidents took place last night, with police first intercepting a device they believe was about to be planted by dissident republicans in Londonderry. They later discovered a letter bomb in a postbox in a loyalist area of County Down.

At about 8.40pm yesterday, four men were arrested over the discovery of the “viable bomb”, which officers found after stopping a car while investigating dissident republican activity.

Witnesses said police rammed the vehicle in the Westway area of the Creggan – a large council estate in the west of the city - at about.

The army bomb disposal unit was called in after officers became suspicious about contents in the car.

A spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “Detectives from the serious crime branch investigating ongoing dissident republican activity in the Londonderry area arrested four males in the Creggan area of the city last night.

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