Bomb blast injures 3 kids in N. Ireland
Mon, 16 Aug 2010 08:31:02 GMT
A bomb blast has injured 3 children in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.
Police said a bomb exploded without warning in a wheelie bin in Lurgan in South Armagh, injuring three children who were playing nearby.
They said two children aged 12 and a three-year-old suffered minor wounds after they were hit by flying debris when they bomb went off in the stronghold of the dissident republicans.
The discovery of a suspicious object near a school in another part of the town led to forcible evacuation of homes in the area.
The dissident republicans have recently stepped up their activity within the province with several failed bomb attacks against security forces.
Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford has appealed for calm ahead of Sunday's Apprentice Boys Relief of Derry parade in Londonderry.
"The people of Northern Ireland have made it abundantly clear that they do not want violence on our streets," he said.
"I want to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who might think that violence this weekend will achieve anything to step back and think again. Violence is not the way forward," added Ford.
Last Tuesday, a civilian police worker escaped serious injury when a suspected booby trap fell from his car as he drove to work.
In an attack on 3rd August, a 200lb bomb left in a hijacked taxi detonated outside a police station in Londonderry, causing substantial damage but no injuries.