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Wednesday, May 20, 1998 Published at 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK


Tourist office targeted



Another tourist office in the Irish republic has been sent a letter bomb.

The latest device was delivered in the mail to the tourist base at Sligo, in the West of Ireland two days ahead of the all-Ireland referendums on the Stormont agreement.

Irish Army experts were called in and dealt with the device in a controlled explosion.

Security spokesmen said it was similar to a package sent on Tuesday to the tourism headquarters in Dublin. That device, which was packed with ball-bearings, was also dealt with by an army bomb disposal unit.

Tuesday's incident prompted Irish Tourism Minister Dr Jim McDaid to put all Irish tourist offices on a global alert for possible attacks.

He made it clear he blamed those who were trying to wreck the peace process.





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