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|PUBLICATION DATE: Friday, 13 April
forces on high alert after 'barrack buster' bomb
| IRA in chilling message|
|By Smyth Harper and PA|
THE security forces were
in a high state of alert today as the IRA threatened to
step up its terror campaign.
The group's statement
came as police and Army examined what is believed to be a
"barrack buster" type device discovered at Altmore Forest,
Galbally - just 10 miles from Omagh
where the IRA murdered 29
people in the 1998 explosion.
In its Easter message the IRA declared it
would not stop until a 32-county Irish Republic has been
The statement said: "For the solution we must
look, in radical terms, to attacking the cause of Ireland's
Yesterday security forces foiled a planned
attack which they believe was being mounted to mark this
weekend's 1916 Easter rising commemorations when republicans
will take to the streets.
Bomb disposal experts are
examining a van that contained the "barrack buster" in a
painstaking operation which may take several days to
Michael Gallagher, whose son Adrian
was killed in the Omagh carnage, said the leadership of the
terror group was "trapped in a time capsule" and needed to
realize that times had changed.
"The statement is just
like something the men of 1916 would have
"But they are all dead and dead men can't
change their minds. But we can change our outlook and can move
on. Ireland is a different place to 1916, but the IRA won't
"They just have no regard for life and
have a determination to force their distorted view on the
people of Ireland," he said.
In the statement to mark
the Easter rising, the IRA pledged to continue its campaign
the IRA has launched several bomb attacks on security
bases on Northern Ireland and mounted a series of attacks on
high profile targets in London, including the MI6 building and
the BBC's headquarters earlier this year.
warned: "British manipulation, coupled with treachery on the
part of others, has led to and has upheld the partition of
"As for Republicans, we will continue to
attack the problem at its root and make no apology for
undertaking this necessary task.
"We will continue our
struggle until the 32 County Socialist Republic has been
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