8 April 1999 Edition

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Dungannon man has lucky escape

A Catholic County Tyrone businessman narrowly escaped death after he kicked a pipe-bomb and then threw it into a hedge.

The man discovered the bomb outside his Dungannon home on Wednesday, 31 March, as he prepared to leave his children to school. He grew suspicious and kicked it away.

The attack, which was claimed by the Red Hand Defenders, was described by Sinn Fein Assembly member Michelle Gildernew as ``an attempt to kill a local Catholic businessman. It was through good fortune that the device did not explode''.

Gildernew added that ``The way to undermine the groups carrying out these attacks is to implement the Good Friday Agreement in its entirety. We all have a responsibility to the people across the island to implement in full what they ratified in such large numbers almost one year ago''. Meanwhile the Red Hand Defenders also admitted they carried out a pipe-bomb attack in North Belfast. The bomb was found in the back garden of a house belonging to a Catholic family at Gray's Lane, off the Shore Road.

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