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No injuries as small bomb explodes in Northern Ireland

world Updated: May 22, 2011 13:54 IST
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A small bomb exploded on Saturday outside a bank in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, police and officials said. The area had been evacuated and there were no injuries.

The explosion took place in a shopping district in the center of Northern Ireland's second city.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the explosion followed a security alert and the area had been evacuated when the blast happened Saturday afternoon.

Gerry MacLochlainn, a local councilor with the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party, said the explosion was caused by a bomb targeting a bank.

"Thankfully this was a small device and no injuries and no serious damage was caused," he said.

He added that "the people who carried out the attack need to realize that they have been rejected by the republican community and should desist immediately."

Irish Republican Army dissidents opposed to the province's peace process have attempted a number of recent bombings and shootings, though few have killed anyone. In April, dissidents killed a Catholic policeman, 25-year-old Ronan Kerr, with a booby-trap bomb under his car.

A huge security operation was in place this week as Queen Elizabeth II visited the neighboring Republic of Ireland the first ever visit to the republic by a British monarch. A bomb was discovered on a suburban bus near Dublin hours before her arrival.

The four-day visit ended on Friday.