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24 April 1997 Edition

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Business as usual despite loyalist attacks

Sinn Fein chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has vowed that loyalists will not deter the party in its work or deflect it from its aims. McLaughlin, the party's candidate in Foyle, was speaking after a loyalist bomb exploded outside the party's office on the Racecourse Road in Derry.

The device, left at the door of the Shantallow office, is believed to have been a pipe bomb attached to a container of inflammable liquid. It went off at 3am on Monday morning causing minor damage to the door. A small fire followed the explosion.

``This bomb follows a pattern,'' McLaughlin said. ``It is designed to intimidate Sinn Fein and our party activists in the run up to the Westminster elections and follows attacks on our party offices in Monaghan and New Lodge Road in Belfast. We will not be intimidated by either British or pro-British terror.''
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