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Man jailed over IRA base bombing
Scene of 1989 Osnabruck blast
The explosion caused major damage but no injuries
A Northern Ireland man has been sentenced to six years in prison by a German court over an IRA bomb attack on a British army base in Germany in 1989.

The court said it was clear Leonard Joseph Hardy, 45, from Antrim, took part in the bombing of the Quebec barracks in Osnabruck.

Prosecutors told the court, in Celle, that Hardy had "intended to kill as many British soldiers as possible".

He had pleaded guilty to attempted murder and preparing a bomb attack.

A total of 120 kilos (265 Ibs) of Semtex explosives was planted at the barracks, but the bombs were discovered at the last minute when a civilian employee surprised two of the suspected attackers.

One bomb exploded, causing extensive damage, but there were no casualties.

Hardy was arrested last August in the Spanish resort of Torremolinos and extradited to Germany in January.

Four accomplices were sentenced to jail sentences of up to 12 years in 1995.


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