Bomb Falls Off Belfast Police Car
Cops blame 'dissident republican' paramilitaries
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2012 1:45 PM CST
Police forensic officers examine the scene of a bomb attack outside a gambling shop in west Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

(Newser) – Political tensions in northern Ireland almost exploded today—literally—when a bomb fell off the bottom of a police officer's car, the BBC reports. Army bomb experts were called to the scene at Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast and handled the device in a controlled explosion, but police are still simmering. "Our belief is that this attempted murder was carried by those opposed to peace from within dissident republicanism," said an assistant chief constable. "They don't care who they attack, they don't care who they kill."

Despite the IRA's 2005 agreement to end its armed campaign, breakaway groups have continued using violence in their quest to remove Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. A constable was killed by a booby-trap car bomb last year, and another lost a leg in a bombing in 2010. British loyalists have turned violent too, flinging petrol bombs at cops three weeks ago after the city decided to fly the British flag only 17 days a year, the AFP reports. Eight officers were hurt and five people arrested in the rioting.

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Dec 30, 2012 3:42 PM CST
I was backpacking in Northern Ireland in '84. I stayed in a B&B in Belfast one night and the next morning I left early to get to the port town of Larne about a half hour away to catch a boat to Scotland. I took a local bus to get there. There were only two old ladies on it when I boarded. I was a little tired and was daydreaming as I watched the scenery, which was rather dreary. All of a sudden there was a ruckus. I looked up to see two English soldiers on the bus about 7-8 feet away from me. They were in full gear with visors down pointing their weapons at me. That'll , wake you up in the morning! One of the soldiers yelled "Is that yours?" (Since the bus was almost empty I had taken off my large backpack and placed it on the seat across the aisle from me. Not the brightest thing I've done in my life since any unattended bag is presumed to be a bomb). I immediately said that it was my bag and they calmed down a little, but gave me a good chewing out. Americans who haven't travelled outside of North America have no idea how lucky they really are. Yes, we have problems here, but they pale in comparison to the rest of the world.
Dec 30, 2012 3:13 PM CST
Hmmmm, anyone that can account for the whereabouts of GOPer Peter King for the past 24 hours?
Dec 30, 2012 2:50 PM CST
It didn't explode and fell off?