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Bomb defused ahead of queen's Ireland visit

A bomb was defused near Dublin ahead of a visit by Britain's Queen Elizabeth scheduled to start on Tuesday, Irish police said. "A viable explosive device was found on a bus yesterday evening in Maynooth," near Dublin, a spokesman said, adding that police had been tipped off by an anonymous call.

world Updated: May 17, 2011 12:24 IST

A bomb was defused near Dublin ahead of a visit by Britain's Queen Elizabeth scheduled to start on Tuesday, Irish police said. "A viable explosive device was found on a bus yesterday evening in Maynooth," near Dublin, a spokesman said, adding that police had been tipped off by an anonymous call.

The device was defused by the Irish army, he said.

Earlier, a homemade bomb was found in the luggage compartment of a bus in Ireland on Tuesday and blown up by the army in a controlled detonation, the military said, hours before the first state visit by Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

Ireland has mounted its biggest security operation ahead of a visit steeped in symbolism and gestures designed to underline how warm neighbourly relations have replaced centuries of animosity.

The bomb was found in the town of Maynooth, about 25 km from Dublin, the defence forces said in a statement. The military had deployed a team to the outskirts of the town, in county Kildare, in response to a police request.

The remains of the device were handed over to police for their investigations, the statement said.