5 IRA dissidents arrested, Belfast bomb defused

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Posted: May 27, 2011 10:17 AM
5 IRA dissidents arrested, Belfast bomb defused

Northern Ireland police say they have arrested five suspected Irish Republican Army dissidents after British army experts defused a pipe bomb in Belfast.

Police arrested two of the suspects near the scene of Friday's bomb discovery in a residential area near Queen's University of Belfast. The bomb was abandoned in an alleyway.

The four men and a woman arrested are being questioned at the police's main interrogation center in Antrim west of Belfast.

IRA dissidents also forced authorities to shut down several Belfast roads Friday by placing a string of telephoned threats and hoax bombs.

The dissidents oppose Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord and the Catholic-Protestant government it forged. Most IRA members disarmed and renounced violence in 2005.