Omagh bombing

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Coordinates: 54°36′00″N 7°17′53″W / 54.600°N 7.298°W / 54.600; -7.298

The Omagh bombing was a paramilitary car bomb attack carried out by the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA), a splinter group of former Provisional Irish Republican Army members opposed to the Belfast Agreement, on Saturday 15 August 1998, in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.[7] Twenty-nine people died as a result of the attack and approximately 220 people were injured.[3][4][5][6][10] The attack was described by the BBC as "Northern Ireland's worst single terrorist atrocity" and by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as an "appalling act of savagery and evil".[9] Sinn Féin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness condemned the attack and the RIRA itself.[11]

The victims included people from many different backgrounds: Protestants,[12] Catholics,[12] a Mormon teenager,[12] six children,[12][13] a woman pregnant with twins,[12][13] two Spanish tourists,[12] and other tourists on a day trip from the Republic of Ireland.[8] The nature of the bombing created a strong international and local outcry against the RIRA, which later apologised,[14] and spurred on the Northern Ireland peace process.[3][4][14][15]

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