1998: Dozens die in Omagh bombing
least 27 people are feared dead in the worst paramilitary bombing since
the start of the Northern Ireland conflict three decades ago.
The blast in the market town of Omagh, County Tyrone, at
around 1500 BST on Saturday, left more than 100 people injured or
People who survived the car bomb blast in a busy
shopping area of the town have been describing scenes of carnage with
the dead and dying strewn across the street.
Police received a telephone warning approximately 40 minutes before the blast.
But the location of the bomb was unclear and the wrong area was evacuated, with people being directed towards the danger zone.
By 1830 BST the number of confirmed dead had risen to 21.
Political leaders have been joined by the Queen in expressing their
sympathy for the bereaved and those injured in the explosion.
Martin McGuinness, the chief negotiator for Sinn Fein,
said: "This appalling act was carried out by those opposed to the peace
"It is designed to wreck the process and everyone should work to ensure the peace process continues."
Ulster Unionist security spokesman Ken Maginnis described the bombing as "a dreadful crime against humanity".
No group has yet admitted planting the bomb which was found to have been planted in a maroon Vauxhall Astra.
Northern Ireland's police chief Ronnie Flanagan said
they would be focusing their attention on a republican splinter group
calling itself the "Real IRA".
He said: "It is possible and probable that they carried out this attack.
"These are people who have murdered here today because they want to murder."