PORTADOWN, Northern Ireland (AP) -- A 59-year-old Protestant woman married to a Catholic died Saturday after she tried to get rid of a pipe bomb thrown through her living-room window, police and neighbors said.
Police arrested five local Protestant extremists in connection with the unclaimed bomb attack, one of two overnight on homes in the Corcrain district of Portadown, Northern Ireland's most bitterly pro-British Protestant town.Both homes targeted belonged to mixed Protestant-Catholic couples. Such couples are frequently singled out for intimidation, particularly by militants striving to keep certain neighborhoods exclusively Protestant.
A brick crashed through Elizabeth O'Neill's window, followed by the homemade bomb. She was killed as she tried to throw the bomb into her front yard. Her Catholic husband, who was also in the living room, wasn't wounded.
A brick crashed through a window at a second home about 10 minutes later, but the bomb that followed fell short and detonated in the front yard. A woman, her teenage daughter and 10-month-old baby escaped injury.