Ireland - UK

Bomb defused on bus ahead of Queen Elizabeth's Ireland visit

Reuters/C.McNaughton

Irish soldiers defused a “viable” bomb on a bus near Dublin overnight ahead of a visit by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II scheduled to start Tuesday.

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Police were tipped off by an anonymous call and the device was defused by the Irish army, a police official said.

An Irish defence forces spokesperson confirmed that an army bomb disposal squad had made safe "a viable improvised device" early Tuesday at Maynooth in County Kildare.

"We can't give any details about the device but it was viable. It was on a bus and by the time our team was called in the bus was evacuated and parked at a bus stop," the spokesperson said.

The visit is the first by a British monarch since Irish independence in 1922.

There is massive security amid the threat of Irish republican terrorism.

British police said they had received a bomb threat for central London from dissident Irish republicans on Monday.

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