A fairly average town
in Northern Ireland
, best noted for being blown up
in an especially nasty
fashion on the 15th of August 1998 leading to 29 deaths
, the single most violent terrorist
act in the history of the Troubles
. A telephoned warning
claimed that a bomb
had been left outside the courthouse at the top of the high street
evacuated the shoppers to the other end of the street
, 400 metres
away. 40 minutes after the warning, a car bomb exploded
in the centre of the crowd.
A large section of the high street was demolished afterwards, and still has not been entirely replaced. Despite demands from relatives of some of the dead, the road is still open to traffic (which is unsurprising, as closing it would have prevented any traffic access to the town centre at all). Other than this, Omagh is pretty much as it was 20 years ago which is something it shares with many other Northern Irish towns.