Northern Ireland attacks fail

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Several men were being questioned last night after two failed attacks on police and troops in Northern Ireland.

Three men were arrested during a military operation in Lurgan, Co Armagh, where soldiers found what is believed to be a MK15 mortar behind a row of houses.

In Dunganon, Co Tyrone, police escaped injury when a device went off as a patrol passed by. And in a separate operation, as many as eight people were detained after raids on homes in nationalist west Belfast.

Detectives believe the IRA was behind the attacks in Lurgan and Dunganon, confirming fears that the Provisional's renewed campaign of terror is now beginning to spread to other parts of the Province.