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1,000-Pound Bomb Found On N. Irish Road

Tue., Feb. 11, 1997

Police found a 1,000-pound bomb abandoned on a rural road Monday after the Irish Republican Army telephoned a warning.

British army experts examined the bomb, which contained fertilizerbased explosives in several 40-gallon steel drums, found on a road outside Strabane, a mostly Catholic town 80 miles west of Belfast.

The road was closed Monday while soldiers investigated the bomb using a remote-controlled robot.

The bomb had been designed to ambush a passing army-police patrol, Police Superintendent Mervyn Hood said, adding that it also would have wrecked nearby buildings and probably killed civilians.

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