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Buildings in Belfast’s business district were evacuated for several hours while soldiers defused a 500-pound Irish Republican Army bomb, police said. The bomb was discovered in a parked car one week after the Northern Ireland office of the Confederation of Business Industry told its members of a police warning that terrorists planned to target them to destabilize the province’s economy. The bomb was defused safely and no one was injured, a police spokesman said. The homemade device was found after the outlawed IRA telephoned a warning to a Belfast newspaper.


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