BOMB SMUGGLER ‘KILLED IN ASSAULT’.

A MAN who served time in jail for trying to smuggle an explosive twice the size of the Omagh bomb into the UK has been killed in a suspected assault. The. 56-year-old, named locally as Larry Keane, was found lying in a walkway near a housing estate in Kathy, Co Kildare, on Thursday night.

56-year-old Larry Keane, who died from head injury’s on Friday morning.

He had a wound to hishead. Keane, who lived in the area and was well-known around the town and regularly seen walking with a stick, was taken to Nass Hospital where he died early yesterday morning. The alarm was raised when officers were called shortly before midnight on Thursday with a report of a man lying in the walkway between St John’s Lane and GGreen hills. Keane was a father-of-six and a former soldier who was convicted of a major explosives offence in 1998. He was jailed for 15 years after yards stopped his BMW car packed with explosives and queued for the ferry in Dun Laoghaire two days before the Aintree Grand National.

The 980lb bomb was twice the size of the device planted in Omagh a few months later. People in the community said he was in very I’ll health in recent years after a serious car accident and had mobility problems. Garda sources said the victim died after a row. There was no initial suggestion that a firearm was used in the killing. It is understood the discovery was made by a young man who was walking his girlfriend home. Both were said to be shaken by the find. GArda sealed off the area where the man was discovered for a forensic technical examination and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

With many thanks to : Brian Hutton, Ed CaCarry, The Irish News.

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