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IRA Injures 10 in Mortar Attack on Courthouse

August 21, 1993 GMT

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ The IRA said its members fired three mortar bombs Friday, and 10 people including a 10-year-old boy, were injured.

The bombs were fired in an attack on a courthouse already closed by previous bombings.

Only one projectile exploded of the three fired from a nearby abandoned truck in central Newry, a mostly Catholic border town 35 miles southwest of Belfast, a Royal Ulster Constabulary spokesman said.

That shell hit a tree and exploded, breaking windows, damaging cars and a courthouse wall and knocking flat eight civilians and two police officers, he added, speaking on condition of anonymity. Injuries were reportedly minor.

The Newry courthouse has been closed since an Irish Republican Army attack in 1985.

The IRA frequently has used makeshift mortars - huge, unwieldy projectiles made from 4-foot-tall gas cylinders and timer-fired from the backs of parked trucks - in its 23-year campaign against British rule of Northern Ireland.

In Belfast, police officers escaped injury Friday when a rocket was fired from the roof of a retirement home at their passing armored car. The missile blasted a crater in the roadway.