A suspected IRA member was charged today with a bomb attack on a British Army base in Germany nearly 17 years ago.

Leonard Joseph Hardy, 45, was charged by German federal prosecutors with attempted murder in relation to the attack on the base in Osnabrueck in 1989.

He was also charged with deliberately causing an explosion at Quebec barracks in Osnabrueck.

Mr Hardy was arrested in August in the Spanish resort of Torremolinos and extradited to Germany last month.

No one was injured when the British Army base was attacked on June 19, 1989.

No date has been announced for Mr Hardy's trial.

Four people, implicated in the attack, were convicted of attempted murder in Germany in 1995 and jailed for between nine and 12 years.