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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Bomb at British Consulate in New York

UPI NewsTrack TopNews:

A small bomb exploded early Thursday outside the British Consulate in New York, coinciding with the opening of polls in Britain's national election. Police said no one was injured when the bomb exploded about 3:45 a.m., but the front windows of the building and windows of a parked car were blown out. Streets for two blocks around the scene were closed as bomb squad technicians searched for any other devices, WABC-TV reported.
I expect that this incident is more related to internal British politics than Al-Qaeda style terrorism. Obviously the IRA or IRA sympathizers comes to mind. Another possibility is an 'anti-war' person protesting the British involvement in Iraq. In any event, it seems likely that the bomb was intended to frighten, but not injure anyone.


Blogger Laura Brown said...

People here in London are pretty bemused by the whole thing. I suspect the IRA are still pretty well-equipped and wouldn't have to resort to modifying fruit-shaped grenades from a joke shop. Plus, an attack in America would destroy whatever support they still have among misguided fools in the U.S.

The only really bitter campaign in this election was in Bethnal Green in London, where the Saddam-supporter George Galloway beat the Labour incumbent by a small margin. Some of Galloway's supporters are extremely nasty, but seem more likely to attack synagogues in London than consulates in America.

I'm wondering if this bombing was the random act of some insane person, or somebody's twisted idea of a prank. I understand they've got someone on CCTV, so with any luck they'll be able to crack the case.

5/06/2005 02:18:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

I agree with you about the IRA, I worded it poorly with my post. Northern Ireland/the IRA is a political issue that could have inspired this act, the actor would have then been an IRA sympathizer. I doubt this was a formal IRA operation, but a loner who wants to be a part of the 'struggle' is possible.

5/06/2005 06:12:00 AM  

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