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Harrods reopens as usual after cleanup of IRA bomb

It was shopping as usual at Harrods here Monday following a hasty two-day effort to clean up and repair damage from Saturday's car bomb attack. The outlawed IRA issued a statement Sunday night saying its ''volunteers'' carried out the bombing without the authority of the leadership, the army council. The IRA expressed regret for civilian casualties and pledged there would be no more. But it claimed the police had a 40-minute warning and failed to properly clear the area in time. Police said the warning contained deliberately confusing information.

Despite the IRA's vows, 700 extra police were assigned to busy shopping streets, fearing the IRA might still attempt more attacks. Home Secretary Leon Brittan was expected to announce more and strengthened police patrols and other measures to combat urban guerrillas.

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