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Co Tyrone man denies involvement in RUC station bomb attack

Paul Campbell denies involvement in a 1997 IRA attack on a Co Tyrone RUC station

A CO Tyrone man has denied he was involved in a 1997 bomb attack on an RUC station.

Paul Campbell appeared before Belfast Crown Court yesterday where he was charged with two offences connected to the IRA attack on Coalisland RUC station more than 20 years ago.

The 38-year-old, with an address at The Mills in Coalisland, denies causing an explosion with intent to endanger life on March 26, 1997.

He also denies possessing an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life on the same date.

On the night of the attack, British soldiers in the area opened fire on two men who lobbed a grenade at the police station. While one man was arrested at the scene and served a prison sentence, the other fled.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC released Campbell on continuing bail, provided he signs in with police five times a week.

The case will be mentioned again in the new year.

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