Beer keg bomb 'was attempt to kill police'
Published 25/06/2010 | 05:00
A beer keg bomb, which was to have been used in an ambush on PSNI officers, was defused near the Border yesterday.
The bomb, which had been planted in a field on the Castleblayney Road, outside the south Armagh village of Keady, was found by a farmer on Tuesday when sheep disturbed its cover.
Police believe it had been placed there by dissident republicans on Saturday night and a fire was later started in the area in an effort to lure police officers into an ambush.
A five-mile stretch of road on both sides of the Border was sealed off and six homes were evacuated.
It was made safe yesterday by British army ordnance officers.
Police became suspicious when fencing was maliciously set on fire near a house on Sunday morning and did not travel to the scene as they feared they could be walking into a trap.
Firefighters put out the blaze. Chief Inspector Ken Mawhinney said last night that the incident was a calculated and determined effort by dissident republicans to kill police officers.