A homemade bomb was found in the luggage compartment of a bus in Ireland and blown up by the army in a controlled detonation, hours before the first state visit by the Queen.
Ireland has mounted its biggest security operation ahead of a visit steeped in symbolism and gestures designed to underline how warm neighbourly relations have replaced centuries of animosity.
The bomb was found in the town of Maynooth, about 25km from Dublin, the defence forces said in a statement.
The military had deployed a team to the outskirts of the town, in county Kildare, in response to a police request.
The remains of the device were handed over to police for their investigations, the statement said.
City A.M. Reporter