The device wasn’t very big: a metal box about the size of a paperback, with what looked like a screw-top coffee flask attached to it with yellow and green sticky tape. The art of mass-slaughter has been refined since the days when the IRA would blow men, women and children to smithereens with bombs weighing hundreds of pounds. It must have been all too easy for the aspiring assassins to enter the business park 25 miles south of Belfast, then use magnets to fix their murderous contraption beneath a refrigerated lorry trailer. To bypass the security barrier at the entrance, they could simply have sneaked round the back of the compound — as I saw for myself this week. Last weekend Sinn Fein — a party reviled for decades by decent Irish people as a mouthpiece for the IRA — triumphed over mainstream rivals for the first time in a general election. Leader Mary Lou McDonald is pictured above with supporters Had things gone to plan, the consequences would have been almost unthinkable. The booby-trapped truck was due to travel by passenger ferry from Belfast to the Scottish port of Stranraer, then England; and the bomb had been timed to… Read full this story
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