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UK NewsNorthern Ireland bomb: Police escape injury after 'deliberate murder attempt' in Fermanagh

18:30  19 august  2019
18:30  19 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Bomb which 'intended to murder police' explodes in N Ireland

Bomb which 'intended to murder police' explodes in N Ireland Officers have escaped injury in a bomb attack in Northern Ireland, which police say was a "deliberate attempt" to lure them there "to murder them". © Other The device detonated near Newtownbutler in Co Fermanagh The device detonated on Monday morning as police and army bomb disposal officers were searching the area near Newtownbutler in Co Fermanagh. Bomb disposal officers had been in the area at the weekend responding to reports of a suspicious device - which was later declared a hoax. Another device exploded close-by at around 10.35am on Monday when a bomb disposal team was attending to review the scene.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said that a gunman fired shots towards police officers in Derry's Creggan area at about 23:00 BST on Thursday. Detectives have started a murder inquiry and the PSNI's Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said "evil people" had been behind the killing.

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Northern Ireland bomb: Police escape injury after 'deliberate murder attempt' in Fermanagh © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

An explosive device has detonated in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, shortly after police dismissed claims of a hoax in the area.

Police and Army bomb disposal officers had been sent to the area close to the border with Ireland following reports of a device.

The item they discovered was declared a hoax, but but a genuine device exploded close-by at around 10.35am on Monday when Ammunition Technical Officers (ATO) were reviewing the scene. Police were also in attendance, patrolling a security cordon.

No one was injured in the blast, authorities said.

Deliberate murder attempt

Northern Ireland bomb: Police escape injury after 'deliberate murder attempt' in Fermanagh © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Northern Ireland has faced a number of threats in recent months (Photo: Getty)

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Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: "While this investigation is at a very early stage I am of the firm belief this was a deliberate attempt to lure police and ATO colleagues into the area to murder them.

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"Although this device was intended to kill police and Army personnel the fact that it was placed on a main road the result could well have been devastating for anyone in the immediate vicinity."

Mr Martin added: "This attack was indiscriminate and reckless and, whilst there is no doubt in my mind that police responding to this call were the target, the reality is that anyone could have been caught up in the explosion."

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Two police officers have escaped injury after two pipe bombs were thrown at them in north Belfast. The officers were responding to an emergency 999 call in Ballysillan at about 02:00 BST on Tuesday. Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn said it was "a blatant attempt to murder ".

He said the investigation is likely to examine whether either the Continuity IRA or the New IRA are behind the attack.

"We are of the belief this attack has been carried out by dissident republican groupings, the two who have been most active this year in Northern Ireland have been the Continuity IRA and the New IRA, and I think one of those groups would be a very good starting point for the investigation," he told a press conference at PSNI headquarters in Belfast.

Northern Ireland bomb: Police escape injury after 'deliberate murder attempt' in Fermanagh © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

"The Continuity IRA have been present for a long time, but I think it is fair to say their level of activity has increased this year."

Public condemnation

The police said it was only thanks to officers' actions that nobody was injured by the detonation.

The area around the scene will remain closed for some time while officers survey the area, the force added.

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew condemned the attack (Photo: Getty)

Northern Ireland bomb: Police escape injury from Co Fermanagh blast

Northern Ireland bomb: Police escape injury from Co Fermanagh blast An explosive device has detonated in Co Fermanagh near police and Army bomb disposal officers that were searching the area. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd No one was injured in the blast at Wattle Bridge close to Newtownbutler on Monday morning. Bomb disposal officers - Ammunition Technical Officers (ATO) - had been in the area at the weekend responding to reports that a device had been left there. That item was ultimately declared a hoax but another device exploded close-by at around 10.35am on Monday when a bomb disposal team was attending to review the scene.

Two police officers escape injury after pipe bombs are thrown at them in north Belfast on Monday night. The officers were left very shaken. Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn said it was "a blatant attempt to murder ". He described the devices as "large pipe bombs " or "improvised type grenades"

The Donegall Street bombing took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 20 March 1972 when the Provisional IRA detonated a massive car bomb in Lower Donegall Street in the city centre just before noon when the street was crowded with shoppers, office workers, and many schoolchildren.

Dissident extremists continue to target members of the security forces in Northern Ireland.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew condemned those responsible for Monday's incident.

"This morning's bomb attack in Wattle Bridge was totally wrong," the Sinn Fein representative told media.

"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but we could have been dealing with a situation where people were seriously injured or worse.

"Those responsible for this incident have nothing to offer society and need to end these actions immediately."

Recent attacks

The latest attack comes during rising tensions in Northern Ireland.

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Last month, a booby trap bomb was left on the Tullygally Road in Craigavon, County Armagh, as police attended a call-out from a member of the public.

Commanders said it was a set up to lure officers into the area ahead of the murder bid.

In June, a serving police officer had a lucky escape when he found an under-car booby trap bomb attached to the underside of his vehicle in a golf club car park in east Belfast.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

Continuity IRA 'tried to murder police officers in bomb attack'.
Northern Ireland police have accused the dissident republican group Continuity IRA of trying to lure officers to their deaths in a bomb attack this week. © PA Police closed the road near to where the bomb detonated on Monday A device exploded while officers were investigating a security alert in the Wattlebridge area near the Irish border in County Fermanagh. Police Service of Northern Ireland officers had received a report from a media outlet that been made aware of a suspected bomb. Nobody was injured in the subsequent blast.

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