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Man in court over Northern Ireland bombing

From Peter Taggart, For CNN
  • The man is charged with an August bombing at a police station
  • No one was hurt, but it badly damaged several businesses
  • 200 pounds of explosives were used in the attack

Belfast, Northern Ireland (CNN) -- A 22-year-old man was due to appear in court Friday in Northern Ireland charged with using a 200-pound bomb to attack a police station, police said.

The man, whose name was not released, faces a total of six charges from the August 3 bombing at the Strand Road Police Station in Londonderry.

No one was hurt in the attack.

The charges include causing an explosion and membership in a dissident republican group, Oglaigh na hEireann. The man is also charged with possession of explosives with intent to endanger life, possession of a firearm, hijacking, and false imprisonment.

The blast happened after two men, one of whom had a gun, hijacked a taxi early in the morning and placed 200 pounds of homemade explosives inside. They ordered the driver to leave the car at the station.

The taxi driver got out before the device exploded at 3:20 a.m.

Police received a short warning before the blast, which badly damaged a number of businesses.

Oglaigh na hEireann, a Real IRA splinter group, had claimed it was behind the attack.