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IRA planned to bomb British Army base during Prince Charles visit

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An IRA bomb plot, foiled by gardai, may have seen explosive devices planted near a British Army base in Northern Ireland.

Reports indicate that Dissident republicans were plotting to line the route of Prince Charles and Camilla’s tour through Ireland with bombs to make sure the royals would be hit.

Four senior republicans have been arrested in connection with the alleged plot.

Gardai say that they had been investigating the men for some time.

Anti-terrorist detectives arrested the men and seized a sizeable quantity of homemade explosive, including fertiliser and sugar, and bomb component parts including a timer, during raids in Louth, Kildare, Dublin and Wexford on Tuesday night.

Security sources told the Irish Independent that the dissidents hoped to plant a large bomb near a British army base to mar the visit of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to generate maximum publicity.

It is understood that the bomb-making operation had been under secret surveillance by gardaí for weeks but a decision was made to move in on Tuesday evening.

A large quantity of explosives was seized when officers swooped on a house and land at Dromiskin, County Louth, belonging to a veteran republican who was arrested there with a second man.

Raw materials for explosives including fertiliser and sugar were found with bomb component parts hidden in eight barrels buried on the land.

Security has been stepped up in preparation for the royal visit, next week.