The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility Saturday for a London bombing, and police searching through the wreckage found the bodies of two newspaper vendors - the first confirmed deaths in the attack.
The bombing Friday evening in a business district broke a 17-month-old IRA cease-fire and diminished hopes that a durable peace in Northern Ireland was near. At least 36 people were injured, six seriously.
On Saturday, a caller to Ireland’s RTE broadcasting service said the attack was ordered by IRA leadership. The caller, echoing many past IRA statements, blamed all the injuries on a slow response by police.
The IRA accused the British government of sabotaging the peace process.