November 24, 1999 |
Police issued a terrorist alert Tuesday, saying they fear that dissident Irish republicans opposed to the Northern Ireland peace agreement plan a bombing campaign during the holiday season. News reports said the threat was the most serious since an Irish Republican Army splinter group bombed the Northern Ireland city of Omagh in August 1998, killing 29 people.
February 11, 1996 |
Confused and off balance in the wake of a deadly terrorist bomb that ripped through London's East End, British and Irish leaders across the political spectrum Saturday vowed not to abandon the Northern Ireland peace process despite the outlawed IRA's return to violence.
October 20, 1989 |
In a landmark decision, a British appellate court Thursday exonerated three Irishmen and an Englishwoman serving life sentences for terrorist pub bombings near London in 1974 that killed eight people and injured 90. The three-judge panel acted after an attorney representing the government said the convictions of the so-called Guildford Four were based on evidence "concocted" by police investigators.
December 11, 1992 |
The Irish Republican Army stepped up a holiday bombing blitz in London with two blasts that injured eight people. The bombs damaged two stores in a shopping center in the northern part of the city. Four of the injured were police officers who responded to a warning call. The worst bombing campaign since the 1970s has prompted police to set up random roadblocks around the country. An IRA spokesman called the inconvenience caused by the roadblocks a propaganda coup for his cause.
October 17, 1992 |
Once again, the Irish Republican Army is inflicting its trademark terror on the streets of London. In the second week of October alone, eight targets in the British capital have been bombed, leaving one person dead and more than a dozen wounded. The fatal attack occurred at lunchtime in a Covent Garden pub, in the charming theatrical district in central London frequented both by young office workers on their noontime break and by foreign tourists.
October 21, 1988 |
The British government introduced legislation Thursday to abolish the right of suspects in Northern Ireland to remain silent under police questioning, leading to the possible end of a centuries-old pillar of British jurisprudence. The latest measure in Britain's crackdown on the Irish Republican Army provoked renewed outcries that historic civil liberties are crumbling in Britain.
March 29, 1997 |
The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility Friday for planting two bombs that disrupted rail service in northern England and broke a nine-month lull in bombings on mainland Britain. The admission heightened fears that the outlawed guerrilla group is embarking on a bombing campaign ahead of Britain's general elections May 1.
February 27, 1996 |
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, a colorful staple of London life, suddenly seems intended to impress terrorists more than tourists. With ceremonial soldiers in red coats and bearskin hats conspicuous by their absence Monday, Queen Elizabeth II's home and other palaces were patrolled by lean-and-hungry-looking troopers in camouflage with high-tech assault rifles. Princess Diana and other royals got armed bodyguards.
March 5, 2001 |
Britain was on high alert Sunday after a powerful bomb exploded outside the British Broadcasting Corp.'s West London television headquarters in what police said was part of an ongoing campaign by dissident Irish republicans opposed to the Northern Ireland peace process. The blast followed coded telephone warnings to a hospital and a charity.