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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

IRA Claims Bombing

BELFAST () -- The Irish Republican Army on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a huge bomb in the northern English city of Manchester which injured more than 200 people Saturday.

A telephone caller using a recognized IRA codeword told the Irish radio and television network RTE that the guerrilla organization had planted the bomb and given warnings before it went off.

Police had located the truck containing the bomb, parked beside a busy shopping mall, sometime before it went off.

But the force from the 1.5-ton bomb was so great that 211 people needed hospital treatment, mainly for injuries caused by flying glass.