'No more warnings' message from RIRA

(Roddy McGregor, Irish News)

The Real IRA has issued a 'no more warnings' message to anyone who
enters or supplies British army bases in Northern Ireland.

Claiming responsibility for the booby-trap bomb discovered at
residential accommodation affiliated to Ballykelly's Shackleton
Barracks on Wednesday, the dissident group pledged to continue its

In a statement issued to a Derry newsroom, the group vowed to mount
further future attacks "at a time of our own choosing".

The organisation also said that "only good fortune" led to the
discovery of the bomb, contained in a lunchbox and attached to a
wheelie bin.

Police say the device was aimed to kill or maim anyone who moved the
bin including soldiers, woman, children and civilian refuse

A police spokesman last night said officers were taking the Real IRA
threat seriously.

"It concerns us that people are being denied their human rights
through intimidation, which remains the most cowardly of all
crimes," the spokesman said.

"We would urge the public to provide us with the evidence that we
require to place those responsible before the courts."

Detectives are also probing a possible link between Wednesday's
discovery and the Real IRA gang responsible for the murder of
Protestant civilian worker David Caldwell at Caw Territorial Army
Base in Derry's Waterside.

Mr Caldwell was fatally wounded after picking up a booby-trapped
lunchbox inside the Limavady Road base on August 1 2002.

A police spokesman said the device discovered on Wednesday
bore "strong similarities" to the bomb which killed Mr Caldwell.

In its admission of responsibility, the Real IRA said "armed
volunteers" had cut through two fences at the base before placing
the device.

"We take this opportunity to warn anybody entering or supplying
these bases that they do so at their own risk," it said.

"There will be no further warnings. We will strike at a time of our
own choosing."

An investigation into the security breach has already started.
Police and army security is also to be increased.

February 7, 2004

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