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World Briefing / BRITAIN

Inquiry into 1998 attack in N. Ireland

September 18, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown ordered a review of Northern Ireland's deadliest bombing after a media report that British spies had been tapping the bombers' phones before the 1998 attack.

The Cabinet Office said Brown had authorized an investigation to find out whether Britain's electronic eavesdropping agency was monitoring the cellphones of Irish Republican Army dissidents on the day they car-bombed the crowded town of Omagh.

A splinter group opposed to Northern Ireland's peace process, the Real IRA, claimed responsibility for the attack on Aug. 15, 1998, which killed 29 people.

Anti-terrorist police say they know the identities of those responsible, but nobody has been convicted.

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