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Suspected IRA Dissident Charged with Murder in 1998 Omagh Bombing

Prosecutors in Northern Ireland have charged an alleged Irish Republic Army dissident with 29 counts of murder in connection with the 1998 Omagh car bombing.

A court in Craigavon, west of Belfast, Thursday charged Sean Hoey with the murder of the 29 victims.

A group called the Real IRA has claimed responsibility for the blast, which occurred four months after the Good Friday peace agreement of April 1998. The group is strongly opposed to the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Only one other person, Colm Murphy, has ever been convicted in connection with the bombing. His conviction, however, was overturned by an appeals court in January. He has been released pending a retrial.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.