No doubt timed to coincide with the transfer of justice powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Real IRA have claimed responsibility for last night’s car bomb attack on MI5’s regional headquarters in Holywood, County Down. A taxi driver was reportedly forced to drive the bomb to Palace Baracks while his family were held hostage in their own home. As Henry McDonald notes in The Guardian
In planning their attack on the MI5 regional HQ the largest outside the security services’ national headquarters in London the Real IRA is following the terror tactics of the Provisional IRA at the height of the Troubles. The IRA selected high profile targets such as the City of London in its bombing campaign during the 1980s and 1990s.