Firebomb removed from Newry shop

FRIDAY 28/01/2005 08:41:04

Army bomb disposal experts have removed a firebomb from a shop in
Newry near the border with the Irish Republic.
By:Press Association

Shopkeepers in the city were advised to return to their premises
after the device was found in a store in Hill Street.

The discovery came a day after police warned dissident republicans
may be planning a new wave of firebomb attacks across Northern

Shopowners in Londonderry, Ballymena and Coleraine were urged to
intensify security checks after a hardware and agricultural store was
destroyed in a weekend attack in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Linton and Robinson`s premises had to be demolished after a massive
blaze ripped through the building on Saturday.
Superintendent Tony Weston, who heads the Operational Command Unit in
the PSNI`s Rural Region, said after the Strabane attack police feared
the terrorists could strike again.

Mr Weston said: "These devices put lives and property at risk and
cause unnecessary disruption to all.

"We would advise business owners and managers to review security
measures and check premises thoroughly both during and after trading.

"An extra few minutes could make a difference."
Incendiary devices were planted in shops throughout the province last
month in a bid to cause mayhem during Christmas trading.

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