Plant a bomb, pay the price

Relatives of the victims of a 1998 terrorist attack in Northern Ireland receive a historic victory

In August 1998, an IRA splinter group called the Real IRA, loaded a car with explosives and planted it in crowded shopping area of Omagh, Northern Ireland. The resultant carnage killed 29 people, the most of any single attack—and, more than any other act of violence, caused all sides in the Troubles to reject violence and embrace the peace process. Now, 11 years after the bombing, 12 relatives of the victims have won a historic $3 million in damages from four leaders of the terrorist group. Northern Ireland lord chief justice, Declan Morgan, said there was “overwhelming evidence” that the men were involved. So now their assets will be seized to pay the awards.

The Guardian

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