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Pipebomb links dissidents to attack on RUC

THE strongest evidence yet has emerged that dissident republicans were, after all, behind the pipebomb attack on Castlewellan RUC station, that left a police officer seriously injured.

THE strongest evidence yet has emerged that dissident republicans were, after all, behind the pipebomb attack on Castlewellan RUC station, that left a police officer seriously injured.



Police have refused to comment either way on whether it was loyalists or dissident republicans who carried out the Hallowe'en night attack in which a device was concealed in a traffic cone.



But the discovery of a pipebomb, hidden as a booby trap in the nearby village of Kilcoo last week, has led to renewed speculation that Republican dissidents have now perfected their own type of pipebomb.



The crude device was discovered buried in a grass verge at Moyadd Road.



The find followed several warning phone calls. Code words were given, but they do not appear to be established code words previously used.



Security sources suspect the intention was to kill security force members engaged in a search operation.



A newly-formed Continuity IRA group, made up of new recruits and disaffected Provisional IRA members, is suspected of involvement in the Castlewellan attack and the Kilcoo booby trap incident.



Although the Orange Volunteers, which has been active in south Down, denied involvement in the Castlewellan attack, the Continuity IRA did issue a statement claiming it had carried out the attack.



The former Ulster unionist chairman of Down council, Gerry Douglas, said he had no doubt republican dissidents were involved in the Kilcoo incident. "There is a similarity between the device discovered in Kilcoo and the one used in Castlewellan".

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