Real IRA targets Belfast businesses

The Real IRA has claimed responsibility for planting a number of incendiary devices in Belfast city stores.

The breakaway group claimed the attacks in a call to a Derry newsroom using a recognised codeword.

Fire bombs were discovered tonight in the Big W store at Yorkgate in the north of the city and the Marks and Spencer store at Donegall Place in the city centre.

The Big W store had been cleared on Thursday after warnings emerged that device had been planted, but the device was only discovered today. Later, a similar device was found at Marks and Spencer.

On Wednesday, a controlled explosion was carried out on another device, located under a display unit at Noblett’s store in North Street.

Businesses in Belfast are now expecting to be targeted in the run-up to the Christmas period.

Both the Real IRA and Continuity IRA have been highly active at sensitive times during the peace process.

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