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8 May 1997 Edition

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Bomb target warned by RUC

By Mick Naughton.

Three weeks ago, a submachine gun and ammunition was discovered in a house in Mount Vernon on Belfast's Shore Road. Other material was also found but the RUC refused to say what it was. However within a week, the RUC visited six nationalist homes in the small Bawnmore area of North Belfast, telling the occupants that their personal details were ``in the hands of loyalist paramilitaries.''

Now this week, on Tuesday 7 May, one of those warned by the RUC was targeted as loyalists attached a bomb under his car.

Two men were acting suspiciously near the car but ran off when neighbours spotted them. They, and another couple in a white car, drove into a loyalist area nearby. The RUC cannot find the car, despite witnesses reporting that they saw the car parked on the Shore Road and that two men walked up steps leading to their target's home. Neither was hiding his face.

Underneath the car a bomb containing powergel commercial explosives, enough to kill, was found. It was later defused by the British army.

The UVF murdered the man's brother-in-law in his Bawnmore Park home on 24 February 1991 as he cradled his child on his knee.

Speaking at the scene and warning nationalists to be vigilant Sinn Fein councillor Bobby Lavery said that it was another loyalist attack aimed at intimidating nationalists.
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