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IRA Bomb Beneath Bus Injures Ulster Schoolgirl, 15, Driver

June 29, 1988|Associated Press

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — A bomb exploded Tuesday under a school bus carrying at least a dozen children, injuring a 15-year-old girl and the driver, police said. The outlawed Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.

Several other children sustained minor cuts and bruises and were treated for shock at a hospital and later released, police said.

At the time of the explosion at 8 a.m., the bus, carrying a dozen Protestant and Roman Catholic schoolchildren, was in Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh, 8 miles from the border of the Irish Republic.

The IRA said in a statement that one of its units was responsible for the explosion in which a civilian was "regrettably injured," a tacit acknowledgment that the attack went awry.

The IRA, which has targeted Northern Ireland's security forces in its fight to end British rule in the Protestant-dominated province, said it will hold an investigation into the bombing.

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