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Saturday 20 December 2014

Clinton visit greeted by two bombs

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak at Stormont and visit the new Titanic Centre later
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak at Stormont and visit the new Titanic Centre later
Hillary and Bill Clinton were vetted by Barack Obama's team
Bill Clinton in healthier economic times
Former US president Bill Clinton
Former US president Bill Clinton joined hundreds of influential figures for a forum at Dublin Castle
Bill Clinton meeting fans at Magee College in Londonderry. September 2010
Crowds take photographs as Bill Clinton arrives at Magee College in Londonderry
Bill Clinton arrives at Magee College, Derry
Bill Clinton arrives at Magee College, Derry
Bill Clinton arrives at Magee College, Derry
Bill Clinton arrives at Magee College, Derry
Smiles for former US President Bill Clinton as he arrives at Magee College in Londonderry
Bill Clinton waves to the waiting crowds as he arrives at Magee College in Londonderry
Crowds take photographs as Bill Clinton arrives at Magee College in Londonderry
Bill Clinton shakes hands with members of the crowd at Magee College in Londonderry
Bill Clinton waves to the waiting crowds as he arrives at Magee College in Derry
Bill Clinton shakes hands with members of the crowd at Magee College in Londonderry
Bill Clinton with Peter Robinson, Martin McGuinness and John Hume at Magee College in Londonderry
The former US President Bill Clinton with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right), meet at the University of Ulster, Magee campus, in Londonderry
Former US President Bill Clinton greets John Hume former leader of the SDLP and his wife Pat in the Beech Hill Hotel in Derry
Former US President Bill Clinton meets John Hume former leader of the SDLP and his wife Pat in the Beech Hill Hotel in Derry
The round table business meeting organised by Invest NI with Former President Bill Clinton in Magee College, Londonderry
Former US President Bill Clinton sharing ajoke with First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with US Economic Envoy Declan Kelly at Magee College in Londonderry
Former US President Bill Clinton meeting Alastair Hamilton Chief Executive of Invest NI during the round table Business meeting at Magee College, Londonderry
Former US President Bill Clinton stands with with Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, after speaking at the University of Ulster, Magee campus on September 29, 2010 in Derry, Northern Ireland
Former US President Bill Clinton speaks at the University of Ulster, Magee campus on September 29, 2010 in Londonderry
Former US President Bill Clinton is presented with a book on Irish immigration from Professor Deirdre Heenan, Acting Provost, after speaking at the University of Ulster, Magee campus in Derry
Former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend daughter Chelsea Clinton and her fiance Marc Mezvinsky's pre-wedding party at the Beekman Arms Inn on July 30, 2010

A second explosive device has been found amid rising sectarian tensions in advance of Hillary Clinton's visit to Northern Ireland.

Just hours after police intercepted a device which they believe was about to be planted by dissident republicans in Londonderry, police revealed the discovery of a letter bomb at a postbox in a loyalist area of Co Down.

Mrs Clinton is due to meet Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle, Belfast, before returning to the United States .

Detectives are questioning four men about the discovery of the bomb in Derry's Creggan estate on Thursday night. They were arrested when a car was stopped.

Security chiefs believe dissident republicans opposed to the peace process were planning an attack in the centre of the city, next year's UK City of Culture.

The discovery of the letter bomb at Clough, a loyalist area near Newcastle, Co Down, was disclosed by police two hours before Mrs Clinton's arrival. It was also found on Thursday night when officers were alerted to suspicious activity near the postbox.

Mrs Clinton's husband, former US president Bill, was a key player in the peace process during the 1990s. She has been to Northern Ireland several times before and will have been well advised before her arrival in Belfast about increasing loyalist anger on the streets because of the decision by the city council to limit the flying of the Union flag at City Hall. The discovery of another dissident republican bomb in Derry will also have caused alarm.

Pat Ramsey, an SDLP member of the Northern Ireland Assembly who lives in Derry, said people were angry at the disruption caused by this latest bomb alert.

He said: "People are genuinely fed-up with this. It was freezing cold last night and there were people in their 80s and 90s who were moved from their home. Some forgot medication. The people they tell us they represent are the people who are being disrupted. This has to stop.

"Thank God the police found the bomb and the people of this city or somewhere else are not waking up to destruction today."

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