2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 18, 1996
Explosion rocks London district
Blast follows warning reportedly from IRA
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LONDON (AP) - An explosion
rocked an expensive residential district of
west London last night, following a warn-
ing call attributed to the Irish Republican
Army, police and fire officials said.
The blast blew out windows at an
empty house and neighboring build-
ings in a tony street called The
>Boltons, but there were no injuries,
An anonymous telephone call re-
ceived by The Associated Press, and
using a recognized code word, warned
a bomb was planted about 15 minutes
before the blast. Police said the explo-
sion probably was the work of the
"There was a vast explosion that
shook the house," said Carolyn
Seymour, who lives nearby. "The win-
dows almost came in."
Winnie Strauss, who was walking
her dog at the time of the blast, said,
"I've still got glass in my hair."
Some formally dressed residents,
returning from dinner parties, were
unable to get past police cordons to
their houses in an area that is home to
millionaires and diplomats, near
It was a small explosion, causing
minimal damage, Scotland Yard police
spokesperson Steve Park told report-
"We've had minimal damage toprop-
erty, there was no loss of life and no
the blast oc-
just started to
area when at
time) the ex-
that shook tl
cease-fire, setting off a truck bomb in
east London's Docklands, killing two
newspaper vendors, wounding scores
and wrecking several
S a Six days later, po-
lice experts defused a
small bomb contained
in gym bag left in phone
e booth in the West End
lost were given for both of
On Feb. 18, IRA
man Edward O'Brien,
n Seymour 21, blew himself up
n resident and wounded nine ci-
vilians when the brief-
case bomb he was car-
rying detonated accidentally on a
double-decker bus in the West End.
A small IRA bomb left behind rub-
bish bins in west London on March 9
shattered windows but caused no seri-
Buchanan denies third-party candidacy
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan all but
closed the door on a third-party candidacy yesterday but promised to wage..a
national issue-oriented campaign aimed at moving his party closer to some of his
conservative positions in advance of the GOP convention.
Buchanan, who has conceded the nomination to Senate Majority Leader Bob
Dole, also said he had decided not to campaign in the upcoming Pennsylva.
primary - even though he believed he could do well in Philadelphia
Pittsburgh - because it might look like he was only trying to weaken Dole.
Buchanan's tone and thrust at a news conference yesterday seemed to mark a
shift in strategy. Last week, he campaigned in Missouri and was rewarded with I1
convention delegates. But yesterday he declined to draw direct contrasts with Dole
- or criticize his viability as the party's standard-bearer - and said he would
focus his efforts on using "our influence and voice inside the Republican Party to
try to change its direction."
Buchanan has sparred with Republican leaders, ignoring their advice to get out
of the race for the sake of party unity and holding out the possibility he would run
as an independent in the fall.
But yesterday he said: "We are acknowledging right now that we're
deliberately working on a third-party campaign."
The IRA has resumed attacks in Brit-
ain, but not in Northern Ireland, in its
quarter-century campaign to end Brit-
ish rule in the province.
On Feb. 9, the IRA ended a 17-month
Ford's quarter profits
drop, stocks rise
DEARBORN - Ford Motor Co.'s
costs of launching redesigned vehicles
combined with weak U.S. sales for a
58- percent drop in first-quarter profits,
the No. 2 domestic automaker reported
"Overall, it was a horrible quarter,"
said industry analyst David Healy of
Burnham Securities Inc.
Ford executives insisted the worst
was over and that the outlook for the
rest of 1996 was good. Healy and other
The company earned $653 million,
or 54 cents a share, in first three months
of the year. That compared with Ford's
unusually strong showing of$1.55 bil-
lion, or $1.44 a share, in the first quarter
Still, the latest results were better than
Wall Street's expectation of 33 cents a
share. As a result, Ford stock rose $1.25
to $36.62 1/2 a share in trading on the
New York Stock Exchange.
The news came one day after No. 3
Chrysler Corp. reported healthy first-
quarter earnings of SI billion, more
than double its performance from the
year-ago period. General Motors
Corp. is scheduled to release its earn-
Fourth F-14 crashes
WASHINGTON - A Navy F-14
fighter crashed and exploded in Vir-
ginia yesterday, heightening concern
about the safety of the aging aircraft
that has crashed four times in just the
last three months.
Although Navy officials have said
the crash rate of the F-14 is not signifi-
cantly worse than other carrier-baad
combat aircraft, safety experts are gry
ing increasingly worried that the mis-
haps could hamper the Navy's ability to
perform its missions.
The Navy already has been forced to
restrict the speed and use of engine
afterburners on the F-14, actions that
experts say couldjeopardize confidence
in the aircraft.
The F-14 is among the oldest of the
Pentagon's tactical combat jets.
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reported killed in
C echnan ambush
MOSCOW - Separatists in
Chechnya ambushed a column of Rus-
sian tanks and trucks, killing 26 sol-
diers and damaging President Boris
Yeltsin's effort to wind down the war
by election day, Russian news media
The clash was the bloodiest since
Yeltsin offered a peace plan for the
unruly southern republic March 31. It
occurred as Russian troops were with-
drawing late Tuesday from Shatoi, a
mountain town in Chechnya abandoned
earlier by separatists guerrillas.
Reports from Chechnya said at least
100 separatists hiding outside the town
staged the ambush with grenade
launchers and automatic rifles, destroy-
ing 23 of the convoy's 27 vehicles and
wounding 51 soldiers besides those
Yeltsin's 16-month-old war to pre-
vent Chechnya's secession is a major
liability of his re-election campaign
against Communist leader Gennady
Zyyuganov, front-runner on the June
16 ballot. More than 20,000 people
have died in the worst fighting in Rus-
sia since World War11.
Mine blast kills 2
soldiers, injures 2
TUZLA AIR BASE, Bosnia-
Herzegovina - Two soldiers from the
NATO-led peace-enforcing troops in
Bosnia were killed yesterday and two
were injured when their vehicle hit a
NATO said the troops were part g
brigade made up of soldiers from Den-
mark, Sweden, Norway, Poland.
Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
NATO withheld the names and na-
tionalities of the victims pending noti-
fication of next of kin.
The deaths are the second and thirs
mine-related fatalities since NATC
forces arrived here in December. Sgt
1st Class Donald Dugan of Ridgeway
Ohio, was killed by a mine on Feb. 3
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