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Bomb defused ahead of queen s Ireland visit

DUBLIN, May 17 – Irish soldiers defused a bomb near Dublin overnight ahead of a visit by Britain\’s Queen Elizabeth II scheduled to start Tuesday, Irish police and the military said.

"A viable explosive device was found on a bus yesterday evening in Maynooth," near Dublin, a police spokesman told AFP, adding that police had been tipped off by an anonymous call.

The device was defused by the Irish army, he said.

An Irish defence forces spokesman confirmed that an army bomb disposal squad had made safe "a viable improvised device" early Tuesday at Maynooth in County Kildare.

"We can\’t give any details about the device but it was viable. It was on a bus and by the time our team was called in the bus was evacuated and parked at a bus stop," the spokesman said.

"The device was made safe in situ," he added.

The queen\’s visit, the first by a British monarch to Ireland since independence since 1922, is surrounded by a massive security operation amid the threat of Irish republican terrorism.

British police said they had received a bomb threat for central London from Irish dissident republicans on Monday.

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