Chip van worker survives gunman's murder bid

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A Catholic man survived a murder bid in Northern Ireland yesterday when a gunman's weapon jammed.

Security sources say the attempted shooting in Toombridge, Co Antrim, bore all the hallmarks of a loyalist attack.

The victim was working in a mobile chip van on Hillhead Road around midday when a man armed with a handgun approached and attempted unsuccessfully to fire shots, police said.

Irish Army experts yesterday carried out three controlled explosions on a massive car bomb ready for use across the border in Northern Ireland, the second such device in a week to be linked to the break-away Republican group the Continuity IRA.

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