Explosion reported near N. Ireland police station
September 16, 1997
Web posted at: 7:55 a.m. EDT (1155 GMT)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (CNN) -- Police in Northern
Ireland said an explosion caused extensive damage Tuesday
just outside a police station in the town of Markethill, near
Portadown and south of Belfast.
There were no immediate reports of injuries from the noontime
blast, which followed an uncoded warning and came
as police were evacuating the area.
A police spokesperson told CNN a warning had been
telephoned to media in Belfast about a van parked near the
"At two minutes to 12 (1058 GMT) this vehicle
exploded. There was substantial damage to the police station
and surrounding area. We have no reports of casualties," a
police source was quoted as saying.
The blast occurred on the second day of multi-party talks on
the future of the British province. On Monday, Sinn Fein, the
political wing of the Irish Republican Army, was admitted to
Sinn Fein gained access to the talks after the IRA declared a