UK: Crude bombs sent to army recruitment offices

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 2:02 PM

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it believes Northern Ireland terrorists sent crude but viable package bombs to British Army recruitment offices.

Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Thursday that seven suspicious packages contained "small, crude, but potentially viable devices bearing the hallmarks of Northern Ireland-related terrorism."

Downing St. said the devices "have now been safely dealt with by the police and bomb-disposal units."

Police said suspicious packages were found Thursday at army career offices in the towns of Oxford, Slough, Canterbury and Brighton, while similar packages were discovered earlier this week in Aldershot, Reading and Chatham.

Irish Republican Army splinter groups opposed to the peace process have mounted gun and bomb attacks in Northern Ireland in recent years, but have not attacked mainland Britain in more than a decade.

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