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Irish republican vigilantes in Donegal pipe bomb attack

An organisation calling itself Republican Action Against Drugs has claimed responsibility for a pipe bomb attack in a Co Donegal village.

The group phoned a North West radio station to claim responsibility for the outrage a few hours after the attack was carried out.

Gardai in Co Donegal are keeping an open mind on a motive behind the attack but this is not the first time this group has come to their attention.

The vigilante group is believed to be based around Londonderry.

Gardai were called out to the village of Manorcunningham at about 1.20am on Monday morning after reports of an explosion in the village.

On arrival they found that a device had been thrown under a car in the village that lies beside between Londonderry and Letterkenny on the N13.

A couple and their eight-year-old child were evacuated from their house during the incident and the area was sealed off while scene of crime officers conduct their investigations.

Bomb disposal experts examined the scene and declared that the device was crude but viable.

Superintendent Vincent O’Brien of the Gardai Siochana said: “A number of people were woken by a large bang and when officers arrived they discovered a pipe bomb had been thrown under a man’s car.

“A group called Republican Action Against Drugs have claimed responsibility.

“They are a known group to us who are mainly based around the Derry area and have been responsible for a number of incidents.

“I utterly condemn this attack and would appeal for anybody who was in the area between midnight and 1.30am and may have seen something suspicious to contact Gardai,” Superintendent O’Brien added.

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