IRA claims responsibility for British rail attack
March 28, 1997
Web posted at: 9:59 a.m. EST (1459 GMT)
LONDON (CNN) -- The Irish Republican Army claimed
responsibility Friday for a
bomb attack on a major rail artery in northern England that
tore up track, disrupted rail service and destroyed signaling
The claim was made in a phone call to Ireland's semi-state
RTE broadcasting network, using a recognized code word.
The twin explosions on Wednesday raised fears of an IRA
bombing campaign in Britain, ahead of May 1 general
No one was injured in the bombing.
The explosions in Wilmslow, a major junction on Britain's
western north-south rail artery 160 miles (256 km)
north of London, seemed pinpointed to cause maximum economic
damage, recalling previous IRA attacks in London's business
The disruption of rail service will spoil travel for the
Easter holiday weekend.
The IRA has fought British rule of
Northern Ireland for 28 years. The group has demanded entry
into Belfast peace talks, a request refused by Britain until
the IRA ends its violent campaign altogether.
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