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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspect Arrested in IRA Bombing

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Police interrogated a Belfast man Thursday in connection with the IRA's twin car-bomb attack on British army headquarters in Northern Ireland.


Police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the man in his 30s was arrested at dawn at his home in or near Poleglass, a vast Catholic public-housing district 5 kilometers north of Thiepval Barracks, the army's most important installation.


Nobody was killed in the bombing but 31 soldiers and civilians were wounded, including a man and woman still in critical condition.


It was the Irish Republican Army's first bombing in the British-ruled province since May 1994, an act that may provoke pro-British paramilitary groups to break their own two-year-old truce.


The IRA ended its cease-fire in February but previously confined attacks to England and a British army base in Germany.


Meanwhile, in Dublin, the Irish parliament debated Thursday about what could be done to keep the Northern Ireland peace process afloat.








One opposition party, the Progressive Democrats, want the government of Prime Minister John Bruton to cut all contacts with the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party. But Bruton, who on Wednesday branded the Sinn Fein-IRA movement "fascists" and "Nazis," indicated that would be unwise.


Bruton's predecessor as prime minister, Albert Reynolds -- a key architect of the IRA's abandoned 1994 cease-fire -- blamed Britain's cautious approach for "handing the argument back again to the men of violence."