Police in shootout with Irish Republicans as terrorists plant 400lb car bomb

Two men have been arrested after Northern Irish cops exchanged gunfire with Irish republicans as a car bomb was planted outside the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) base.

The shooting incident happened in County Fermanagh near the British border with the Republic of Ireland. The car bomb was left outside the premises in Belfast and failed to detonate.

The bomb was in the back of a car which broke through a barrier into Clarendon Dock, close to the Policing Board headquarters.

The back of the vehicle went on fire and two men were seen escaping.

Both unionists - who are the majority in Northern Ireland - and republicans have condemned the perpetrators.

Police in shootout with Republicans as terrorists plant 400lb car bomb at PSNI base

By Daily Mail Reporter
22nd November 2009
Daily Mail

Two men were arrested today after police in Northern Ireland exchanged fire with dissident Republicans.

Nobody was hurt during the gunfire last night close to the border with the Irish Republic in Garrison, County Fermanagh.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott said: 'We have said from day one that the terrorist situation is severe. We have substantial resources being put into investigating and thwarting these attacks.

'This attack is an attack on the well-being of everybody in Northern Ireland, this is not about an attack on policing or the Policing Board, this is an attack on young people and young people's future.'

Forensic officers are seen near the Belfast site where a 400lb car bomb was found

He said officers fired two warning shots, which are being investigated by Police Ombudsman Alan Hutchinson, and that his officers had been fired at during the exchange.

In a separate attack in Belfast, a 400lb car bomb partially exploded outside the Policing Board headquarters in an attempt to derail the political process, Chief Constable Baggott said.

The bomb was in the back of a car which broke through a barrier into Clarendon Dock, close to the Policing Board headquarters.

The back of the vehicle went on fire and two men were seen escaping.

Chief Constable Baggott added: 'It does appear to be a device that has partially exploded, around 400lb.

'It is a reckless act not just in doing damage but also the potential loss of life.'
Both Garrison and the area around Clarendon Dock have been cordoned off while police examine the scenes.

Police are investigating whether a burned out car found on Hillman Street in Belfast has any link to the attack on the Policing Board headquarters

Police are also investigating whether a car found burned out nearby in the staunchly Republican New Lodge area of the city has any link to last night's events.

Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Goggins said most people supported the police service, explaining: 'Very clearly these people are trying to undermine the progress that has been made in Northern Ireland in recent years.

Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland

The British didn't initially intend to partition the island of Ireland. They originally planned to grant independence to the whole of Ireland. For centuries, the whole of the island of Ireland was one nation, which merged into the UK in 1801 and remained a part of the Union until 1922. So between 1801 and 1922, the UK had a larger land area than it does today, as it also included all of what is now the Republic of Ireland. In the early 20th century, nationalists in Ireland demanded Home Rule, which meant that they did NOT want Ireland to secede from the Union but merely wanted extra powers of governance. Unionists were in the minority in Ireland, but they were a majority in the northern province of Ulster, in counties such as Fermanagh and Antrim. The UK was spilt between those who were in favour of Home Rule and those who were against it. A Civil War loomed. So the idea arrived of temporarily partitioning Ireland - those in the Unionist north of the country could stay as they are, whilst the rest got Home Rule. So in 1914, an act was passed calling for temporary partition. Its implementation was suspended for the duration of World War I, which the British thought would last just a few weeks. The war lasted four years, and at the end of it the act was dead in the water. In the nationalist areas of Ireland, support for full independence had now overtaken that for Home Rule. In 1919, a new act was passed, which stated that 26 counties are to be ruled from Dublin, and the 6 northermost counties to be ruled from Belfast. Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland were formed in 1921 when the partition took place. Southern Ireland lasted only until 1922 when it became the Irish Free State, with Northern Ireland an autonomous part of it. However, the Northern Irish then decided to opt out of the Irish Free State. A Boundary Commission then decided on where the border between the two parts should be. The two new states were born - one a British Dominion, the other remaining a part of Britain. The Irish Free State became a republic in 1949, and has since become known as the Republic of Ireland. According to the Ireland Act of 1949, Northern Ireland will remain a part of the UK for as long as that is what the majority of its citizens want. The Republic of Ireland's third president, Eamon de Valera, who once fought the British, was a known Nazi sympathiser. During WWII, when he was Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Irish Free State, he supported the sending of Irish Jews to concentration camps. When Hitler died in 1945, de Valera offered his condolences to the German Minister in Dublin.

'When attacks like these happen it brings people together with the strong message that these dissidents will not succeed.

'They are a small minority, they are reckless and criminally intent.

'Policing will continue in Northern Ireland and progress will continue.'

The Policing Board is made up of independent members of the community and politicians who hold police to account through regular public meetings.

Chairman Barry Gilligan said: 'This attack last night was an attack upon the entire community not only the 19 members of the Policing Board but also the staff who work in that building are working on behalf of the community in holding the Chief Constable to account.

'We will continue to work on behalf of the entire community to deliver that effective and efficient police service which they demand and which they are entitled to.'

Sinn Fein Assembly member Gerry Kelly said it was an attack on the communities who elected members of the Policing Board.

'It is unacceptable and I condemn it,' he said.

'If this attack is the work of one of the small republican militarist groupings then my message to them is very clear.

'These actions are futile and have no place in advancing republican or democratic objectives.

'These activities need to end.'

Alliance Party Assembly member Naomi Long added: 'Saturday night had sickening echoes of the past.

'I cannot adequately articulate the sheer level of contempt I hold these individuals in.

'People must work with the police to bring them to justice and stop their evil actions.

'Those who are trying to create a climate of fear cannot be allowed to win.

'The best way to combat these thugs is to make devolution work and show everyone that it won't be destabilised by anything.'

The police arrested a third man in Dooard, Rossinver in County Leitrim last night.

He is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Last edited by Blackleaf; Nov 22nd, 2009 at 03:04 PM..
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