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Page Six

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, July 23, 1976

Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, July 23, 1976

Irish police
nab 13 in
ambassador
killer case

DUBLIN, Ireland WP) - Irish
police said yesterday they have
arrested 13 suspected Irish Re-
publican Army (IRA) men in
the biggest manhunt in Irish
history, mounted for the killers
of British Ambassador Christo-
pher Ewart-Biggs.
The ambassador was killed by
a bomb detonated under his
car just after it left his home
on the southern outskirts of
Dublin Wednesday. The blast
seriously injured British diplo-
mat Brian Cubbon, killed Cub-
boa's secretary, 26-year-old Ju-
;Jith Cooke, and wounded the am-
bassador's Irish chauffeur, Brian
O'Driscoll.
POLICE spokesman declined
to identify the arrested men or

to say what charges they may
face.
At Londonderry in Northern
Ireland, the British army ar-
rested Rory O'Brady, president
of Sinn Fein, the IRA's political
wing, and Sean Keenan, a bat-
talion commander of IRA Pro-
visionals. Police said the army
had handed the pair over and
the men were being questioned.
Police arested David O'Con-
nell, 39, reputedly a past com-
mander of the IRA Provisional
wing, and Joe O'Neill, a political
organizer, in a Dublin suburb
a few hours after the ambush.
NOBODY has claimed respon-
sibility for the bombing, but
police blamed the IRA's Pro-
visional wing or a splinter group

linked to it. The Provisionals
are waging a guerrilla war to
end British rule in Northern
Ireland.
The IRA Provisional wing at-
tacked the homes of a number
of British civil officials in North-
ern Ireland earlier this year.
It said they "share as much
responsibility for the oppression
in our country as the warlords
of the British army."
Several thousand Irish troops
and police searched for the as-
sassins. Police manned road-
>tocks outside Dublin 24 hours
after the bombing. A reward of
536,000 was offered for the kil-
lers.
A POLICE spokesman said
they were hunting for three men

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seen running from the ambush
scene. It was not known if any
of the men were among the 13
arrested.
Police said the bomb was
planted in a drain under the
road and was detonated by re-
mote control by at least three
men hidden in a thicket about
200 yards away.
Police officials said they sus-
pected the terrorists were after
Cubbon and not the ambassador.
Cubbon, permanent undersecre-
tary of state in Northern Ire-
land and the top British civil
servant there, was on a visit
to the Irish republic from his
post in Belfast.
A senior police officer said,
"The ambassador had been here
for less than two weeks. It's
entirely likely the people re-
sponsible for his death were
after someone else in the car."
Frisco
estate
focus ,of
inquiry
(Continued from Page 3)
to them," said Houchins, em
phasing no warrants had been
issued for their arrest.
THE TASK FORCE of depu-
ties swarmed over the estate
late Wednesday. Deputies were
still at the scene 12 hours later,
and Madera County Sheriff Ed
Bates said the search would
go on until authorities were
"reasonably satisfied" that all
evidence was uncovered.
Thirty or more deputies fan-
ned out over the property and
found more than 100 vehicles,
including a truck tractor.
"We were looking for a trac-
tor that could pull the trailer
that was buried," Bates said.
"Whether that's the one we're
looking for or not, I don't
know."
McDONALD SAID the search
warrant was drawn up in Ala-
meda County by Houchins and
by District Attorney Lowell Jen-
sen.
"They want to have evidence
at every move they make,"
said McDonald.
McDonald said young Woods
apparently buys, repairs and
sells used autos. The truck
tractor found on the property
was properly registered, he
added.
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miles northeast of San Fran-
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for the three young men during
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