Northern Ireland bomb blast causes injuries
IRA denies responsibility
July 14, 1996
Web posted at: 8:00 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT)
NORTHERN IRELAND (CNN) -- The first bomb explosion in 22 months in Northern Ireland went off early Sunday, following several nights of rioting by both Catholics and Protestants.
Bombers left a device in a jeep just after midnight outside the Killyhevlin hotel at Enniskillen, near the Irish border. A telephone warning was given and guests were evacuated two minutes before the explosion. Forty people were injured, none seriously.
It was the first bombing in Northern Ireland since the Irish Republican Army called a cease-fire in 1994. A caller to Ireland's state-run television and radio network, using a recognized codeword, denied the IRA was responsible.
On Saturday in Londonderry, Catholics angered by Protestant
marches through their neighborhoods clashed with police for a
third day. A Catholic man, Dermot McShane, was killed; dozens
of people were injured.
McShane was the first person to die in nearly a week of
violence. He was run over by an army jeep. Thousands of
people, many marching with black flags, attended a vigil in
Several hundred rioters confronted police in Londonderry until dawn Sunday, throwing an estimated 1,000 gasoline bombs that destroyed several vehicles, a post office and a pub. Police fired hundreds of plastic bullets from behind lines of armored cars and beat protesters with truncheons.
Catholics have rioted for three nights in a row, following
four nights of rioting by pro-British Protestants.
Protestants rioted after police blocked the Orange Order -- a
Protestant fraternal organization -- from marching through
Catholic neighborhoods. Catholics began rioting when police
reversed the decision and escorted the group's members and
supporters through Catholic areas Thursday and Friday.
The parades were to commemorate the Protestant victory over
Catholics in the 17th century.
The Irish government was scathing in its criticism of the
British response to Protestant rioting, straining relations
between the two at a time when they are jointly overseeing
multi-party peace talks.
Leaders of the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party alleged that police
have been far quicker to fire at rioting Catholics than at
More than 230 people -- police and civilians -- have been
wounded since rioting began July 7.
CNN's Siobhan Darrow and Reuters contributed to this report.
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