'Very significant' bomb plot foiled in Belfast

Dec. 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Irish police confirmed Thursday they arrested two teenagers connected to what was said to be a major car bomb attack in Belfast.

The Guardian newspaper reported police in Ireland and Northern Ireland arrested 18- and 19-year-old men connected to a significant bomb plot. The British newspaper said police found ammonium nitrate fertilizer at their home that authorities said was meant for a car bomb.

Security officials said the discovery was "very significant," the paper reported.

The uncovered plot follows a series of security incidents in Ulster.

Dissident Colin Duffy was charged Tuesday for shooting at a police convoy in a Catholic neighborhood of Belfast in early December. Duffy joined the Irish Republican Army as a teenager. He was acquitted last year in the killing of two soldiers at a military barracks in Northern Ireland.

A splinter group of the IRA last week took credit for a bombing at a Belfast restaurant. The bomb exploded at a restaurant Friday without causing any injury.

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