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A car bomb has exploded near an Army base in Holywood, County Down, forcing the evacuation of several homes.
Police and the fire service are at the scene, outside Palace Barracks in the Northern Irish town.
Local people say they heard a large bang just after midnight. There are no reports so far of any injuries.
The blast seems to have been timed to coincide with the precise moment that policing and justice powers devolved from Westminster to Stormont.
In March, Northern Ireland Assembly members voted in favour of the transfer.
Out of the 105 votes cast in the Assembly, a total of 88 supported the move, with 17 Ulster Unionists voting against.
Disagreement on the timing of the devolution of the justice powers had threatened to collapse Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration.
Originally posted by InvisibleAlbatross
Why would the IRA do this after staying peaceful so long? Are there factions within the IRA that would like to derail peace?
Originally posted by andy1033
I am not surprised one bit.
the anglo american empire was behind the bombs in russia. Do you people get it.
Also i am not surprised too, as the irish are still being treated horrendously in england. Its the worst minority to be in england to be irish.
I am not surprised, the english are still destroying lifes eleswhere, so this starts again.