The RUC are questioning two men about yesterday's bomb explosion at Shackleton Army Barracks at Ballykelly in County Derry. Police said that the two were detained in different parts of the county. No-one was injured in the blast. A caller claiming to represent the Continuity IRA said that they had carried out the attack; but no code-word was used and the RUC said the claim could not be authenticated.

The blast happened close to sleeping quarters, and shattered several windows. The RUC said that the blast was caused by a Mark 19 timer unit. It was initially thought that the explosion was caused by a much smaller device. Three gas cylinders packed with explosives were also found at the barracks.

The Taoiseach described the blast as "serious" and said that it reinforced the argument that others will move in to fill any political vacuum.