Fourth IRA bomb blast in Ulster

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A van bomb, said to contain 1,500lb of explosives, went off in Ulster last night. It was the fourth since last week's elections. The blast caused extensive damage in the Broad Street area of Magherafelt, Co Londonderry. A warning had been given and police were evacuating the area when it went off. No one was seriously hurt.

Earlier, the Drumkeen Hotel in south Belfast was wrecked by a car bomb estimated to contain up to 200lb of explosives.