Tuesday 24 October 2017

Viable bomb made safe close to G8 summit site

Michael McHugh

A VEHICLE found abandoned and made safe in Northern Ireland was carrying a viable bomb, security sources said.

The device was found in a rural part of Co Fermanagh in the west of the region, just over 15 miles from where the G8 summit will be held later this June.

 

Dissident republicans have launched a series of bomb attacks against members of the security forces in recent months.

 

The alert at Derrylin Road - the main arterial route between Enniskillen and Dublin - was raised early yesterday morning and caused local homes to be evacuated.

 

The finger of blame will be pointed at dissident republicans, who have murdered two soldiers, two policemen and a prison guard in their campaign of violence.

 

A week ago the Police Service of Northern Ireland discovered a mortar-type device aimed towards New Barnsley police station in north Belfast. Also last week three officers escaped injury when an explosive device detonated within metres of them as they patrolled a coastal path on the outskirts of Belfast.

 

Earlier this month two men were arrested after police intercepted a van carrying four mortar bombs which were primed and ready to fire at a station in Derry.

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