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Trio Bungles Attempt to Blow Up British Military Barracks

<i> Associated Press</i>

Three men planting explosives near a British military barracks today fired at a guard before fleeing their bungled bombing attempt, officials said.

Investigators later found 65 pounds of the high-powered explosive Semtex in three satchels outside a housing block at the British army’s Langenhagen Barracks in Hanover, British military officials said.

It was not known who was responsible.

A Ministry of Defense spokesman in London said: “We cannot say the men were IRA at this moment in time. All we can say is that they were terrorists.”

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The Irish Republican Army has been blamed for numerous attacks against British military installations in West Germany over the past few years.

The IRA has waged a campaign to drive the British from Northern Ireland and unite the Protestant-dominated province with the overwhelming Roman Catholic Irish Republic.

According to police, a civilian guard making the rounds with a security dog noticed three suspicious people on the barracks grounds about 2 a.m.

Three shots were fired by the people, said a British military spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He said the guard was not injured.

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Col. Henry Day, chief of public information for the British Forces in Germany, said the attackers had cut a hole in the barracks’ perimeter fence. He told British Broadcasting Corp. radio that 70 soldiers were moved from the building.


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