A bus driver in Northern Ireland is winning a hero's praise for keeping cool and defying orders to drive a timed bomb to a police station, reports the Guardian and RTE. The scene unfolded last night, when either one or two men (accounts differ) boarded the bus, placed the bomb behind the driver's seat, and ordered her to drive to the police station in downtown Londonderry. The men didn't remain on the bus, however, so the driver evacuated her 10 or so passengers, then drove with the bomb alone for about a mile to a less populated area and called police.
"The driver showed immense courage under very difficult circumstances," says the regional transportation chief, while a local politician praised her as a "selfless heroine." Police were able to deactivate the device before it exploded, describing it as small but viable, reports the BBC. Though no group has claimed responsibility, the AP says IRA splinter groups unhappy with the 1998 peace accord continue to wage occasional attacks. And it adds that the use of civilian drivers to deliver bombs is a tactic that dates back to the 1970s in the region. (Another recent hero: the Detroit teen who used a piece of wood to knock his friend off a live wire.)