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Monday, 12 February, 2001, 17:29 GMT
Blast was '100lb bomb'
Rail services between Newry and Dundalk were disrupted
Rail services between Newry and Dundalk were disrupted
The police have said a bomb thought to be about 100lbs of explosives exploded close to the railway line in Newry last Wednesday.

Residents in the area reported hearing a loud bang before 2200 GMT on Wednesday and police launched a major follow-up search operation.

Translink has said it is examining the line between Newry and Dublin and will open it as soon as possible.

On Sunday, most of the Newry bypass was closed in the security operation.

Rail services affected

The security operation, which continued throughout the weekend, has now ended.

During the operation, traffic was severely disrupted, with vehicles travelling between Belfast and Dublin having to go through the town centre.

As a result of the alert, train services between Newry and Dundalk, in the Irish Republic, have been suspended, and passengers have had to be bussed between the towns.

A school in the area had to close on Monday.

Last June, an explosion damaged the Belfast to Dublin railway line a few miles from Newry.

The dissident republican Real IRA was blamed for that attack.

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