17 May '11, 9pm

Bomb threats put Dublin on high alert before visits from Queen, Obama

LONDON - Hours before Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Dublin yesterday for the first visit by a reigning British monarch to the Irish Republic, the army there defused a pipe bomb discovered in a tote bag in the luggage compartment of a bus heading for the capital, police officials said. The bus was travelling from Ballina in the west of Ireland toward Dublin and the device was found in Maynooth, a university town 25km west of the capital. About 30 passengers had left the bus when it was stopped and searched, apparently after a tip by an informant. The Irish police also found a sham device, harmless but meant to appear to be a bomb, at a tram station in North Dublin. Detectives took away the fake bomb to check for fingerprint or DNA traces of the hoaxer. Later, police responded to at least two more reports of suspicious packages in working-class districts of north Dublin, but...

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