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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams:
"We have to listen to each other"
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Monday, 30 July, 2001, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
Pipe bombs damage houses
The army defused a pipe bomb in north Belfast
The army defused a pipe bomb in north Belfast
Police in Northern Ireland are investigating three overnight pipe bomb attacks on houses in County Antrim.

The first incident happened in Newtownabbey when a bomb was thrown into the bedroom of a house in Abbeyville Park at about 2320 BST on Sunday.

It exploded causing severe damage to the room. A couple in the house escaped injury but suffered shock.

In Larne, a pipe bomb exploded in the garden of a house in Loran Crescent at about 0200 BST on Monday.

Damage was caused to the kitchen window. No-one was hurt.

In north Belfast, army bomb experts defused a device found at the back of a house in Manor Close at about 0100 BST on Monday.

Made safe

Meanwhile, a County Londonderry Gaelic Athletic Association club has been targeted in a pipe bomb attack.

The device was made safe by army bomb experts after it was discovered at the gates of the O'Donovan Rossa club on the Castledawson Road in Magherafelt on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, two adults, a five-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy narrowly escaped injury after a pipe bomb exploded at their home in County Antrim.

The device was left on a living room windowsill at the house on the Larne Road in Eden Village near Carrickfergus.

It exploded shortly after 0400 BST on Sunday.

An hour later, army bomb experts made safe a pipe bomb in the Whitewell area of north Belfast.

The device was discovered at Serpentine Gardens at about 0500 BST on Sunday.

A controlled explosion was carried out, and no damage was caused.

Also in north Belfast, shots were fired at Alliance Avenue and Halliday's Road in north Belfast.

Shortly before midnight on Sunday petrol bombs and stones were thrown at two houses in Wheatfield Gardens.


Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said the bulk of the attacks had been carried out against Catholic families.

"There have been attacks on Protestant homes - that is wrong and I am against that," he said.

"I was in Ardoyne the other night. I saw long-standing, seasoned Sinn Fein activists and public representatives in the area, trying to calm, and being quite successful over the weekend in bringing a calming and reasoned influence to bear.

"Of course we need to talk to each other, but we also have to listen to each other."

Meanwhile, a senior SDLP delegation is to meet with the chief constable on Monday in Belfast to discuss the deteriorating security situation.

They will raise their concerns about the police response to the disturbances and their belief that certain loyalist ceasefires are no longer holding.

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