June 22, 1997 in Nation/World

‘Loyalist’ Bomb Hurts 2 In Belfast

Compiled From Wire Services

A booby-trap bomb exploded under a moving car Saturday, injuring two anti-British militants and a bystander in the latest attack in an upsurge of violence in the province.

The car’s two occupants, both identified as supporters of a splinter group of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, and a pedestrian were treated for cuts at a hospital and released.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but members of Northern Ireland’s pro-British “loyalist” paramilitary groups were believed to be behind the attack.

The blast comes amid increasing violence. On Monday, the IRA shot dead two policemen in the market town of Lurgan, 40 miles southwest of Belfast. Three days later a member of the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party discovered a small bomb attached to his car in Ballycastle, 45 miles north of Belfast.

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