There had been a warning, but police said they had insufficient time to clear the area. The RUC was evacuating the area when the bomb exploded. Two people, a shopkeeper and a police officer, were admitted to hospital and the rest were treated for cuts, bruises, shock and eardrum injuries.
Police said the bomb was in a Vauxhall Cavalier abandoned in the town's Newry Street - close to where a bomb was defused earlier this year. A spokesman said the bomb contained up to 500lb of explosives.
The explosion caused "substantial" damage to the area .Reuse content