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Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 17:36 GMT
Attempted bombing of leading loyalist
Army bomb experts made the device safe
Army bomb experts made the device safe
An attempted bombing of a car belonging to a senior member of the Ulster Defence Association has been linked to a feud within loyalism.

Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion on the car at Rathcoole, on the outskirts of north Belfast, on Sunday.

It is understood the explosives were contained in a tin box attached to John Gregg's car in Nendrum Gardens, Whiteabbey.

A number of families were moved from their homes as the security operation got under way. The device was discovered by the car owner.

John White: Blaming UDA
It's understood it may be linked to a feud between loyalist paramilitaries.

On Saturday, a firebomb was left at the home of a leading loyalist in County Antrim.

Army experts dealt with what they described as an incendiary type device at the home of John White in Carrickfergus.

Pair expelled

White is an associate of former Ulster Defence Association (UDA) leader Johnny Adair.

In October, he and White were expelled by the UDA leadership.

The organisation later called for its members in the loyalist upper Shankill area of west Belfast to distance themselves from the two men.

A statement from the group claimed eight loyalist families had been attacked - attacks it claimed were linked to individuals in the lower Shankill.

In a coded message, the UDA warned Adair and former Ulster Democratic Party spokesman White there should be no further attacks.

Mr White blamed the UDA for the device left at his home on Friday.

"The security forces have been searching my home from Wednesday night and found a blast incendiary device there.

"I am blaming the leadership of the UDA in South East Antrim and I am calling for that organisation and its leaders to stand down.

"I think they have lost the right to call themselves loyalists and are more interested in murdering people for their own benefit - certainly they have lost any political or ideological reasons."

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BBC NI's Barbara McCann:
"It's believed the incident is linked to recent loyalist infighting"
BBC NI's Barbara McCann reports
"He found the device attached to the underside of the vehicle"
BBC NI's security editor Brian Rowan:
"This feud has moved into a whole new different league because of the people targeted"
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