December 31, 2009 / 11:51 AM / 9 years ago

Shots fired at NI police station

BELFAST (Reuters) - Gunmen fired shots at a police station in Northern Ireland late on Wednesday but no one was hurt, police said on Thursday.

The latest attack on security forces in the province happened in Crossmaglen near the border with the Republic of Ireland, police said in a statement, without giving details.

A peace deal in 1998 ended the IRA’s military campaign against British rule in the province.

Republican splinter groups killed two British soldiers and a policeman in March, the worst violence since the 1998 accord, and sporadic attacks, mostly on the police, have been on the increase in recent months.

Political tension has also risen as the main parties in the province’s power-sharing executive — the IRA’s ally Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party — have been at odds over London’s handover of policing powers to the province.

Separately, police said they were examining whether objects found on Wednesday in the town of Newry near Crossmaglen could be used to make bombs. But they denied a report in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper that the find was a 1,000 lb (450 kg) bomb left in a lorry by dissident Republicans.

“That was not the case,” a police spokeswoman said.

Writing by Andras Gergely in Dublin, editing by Tim Pearce

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