Loyalists pledge to step up terror campaign.
The Red Hand Defenders also admitted planting a booby trap device under a former republican prisoner's van in Armagh city.
McGuinness was on holiday when the RUC cleared around 40 buildings in the Burn Road area of Cookstown, County Tyrone.
Police confirmed a crude pipe bomb had been discovered and dealt with by Army explosives experts.
They also disclosed that a mercury tilt switch had been fitted to the device found under the van in Armagh. It was defused by the Army.
The Red Hand Defenders - used as a cover name for the Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Volunteer Force - sparked revulsion when it admitted murdering Protestant teenager Gavin Brett last month.
But after issuing its statement claiming responsibility for yesterday's attacks, it vowed: "Our campaign will increase."
Earlier, a group calling itself the Loyalist Action Force said it was responsible for the Cookstown device.
The alerts, plus a bomb warning in Londonderry, came amid heightening fears of a fresh outbreak of loyalist paramilitary attacks.
Sinn Fein chairman Mitchel McLaughlin insisted the UDA's ceasefire was now in tatters.
He accused the UDA of mounting a fresh campaign against Catholics and hit out at RUC Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan and Ulster Secretary John Reid for failing to acknowledge this.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Aug 23, 2001|
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