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UK NewsBomb detonates near Northern Ireland border

23:00  19 august  2019
23:00  19 august  2019 Source:   france24.com

Newtownbutler security alert: Bomb explodes close to officers on Co Fermanagh border

Newtownbutler security alert: Bomb explodes close to officers on Co Fermanagh border Newtownbutler security alert: Bomb explodes close to officers on Co Fermanagh border

Bomb detonates near Northern Ireland border © Paul Faith, AFP | Traffic crosses the border into Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic An explosive device described as an attempted trap for security forces detonated in a village on the Northern Ireland border on Monday, but failed to injure anyone.

Police and bomb disposal experts had been working in the area of Newtownbutler over the weekend since receiving an initial report about a suspect device on Saturday.

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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.

"I am of the firm belief this was a deliberate attempt to lure police and ATO (Anti-Terrorism Officer) colleagues into the area to murder them," Stephen Martin from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.

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Northern Ireland bomb: Police escape injury after 'deliberate murder attempt' in Fermanagh 'This was a deliberate attempt to lure police and ATO colleagues into the area to murder them' PSNI's Stephen Martin said

Martin later told reporters that two Irish republican dissident groups, the New IRA and the Continuity IRA, "would be a very good starting point for the investigation".

Northern Ireland police say officers targeted in border explosion

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However, no group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast which hit near a busy road in County Fermanagh.

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.

Increasing terrorist activity

He added: "It's fair to say their level of activity has increased this year."

Bomb targeting police explodes in Northern Ireland as officers probe Continuity IRA involvement

Bomb targeting police explodes in Northern Ireland as officers probe Continuity IRA involvement No-one was injured in the blast in County Fermanagh as police point the finger towards dissident republican groups.

Concerns have grown that the possible return of a hard border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit could increase security tensions in the once war-torn province.

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Martin said violent attacks had grown in recent months and called on politicians to take action to heal enduring divisions in society.

Continuity IRA 'tried to murder police officers in bomb attack'

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.

Martin added that uncertainty over the impact of Britain's departure from the EU and Northern Ireland's suspended government had coincided with the attacks and other tensions.

"We've six attempted attacks to murder police officers this year ... When you add all that up, we do believe that there is a time for reflection and a time to question what type of society we want to live in here," Martin told a news conference.

"Many of us ... sense that things are becoming more entrenched and progress that has been made is slipping back a little bit."

"Terrorism of this nature is a societal problem," he said. "We shouldn't take our peace for granted."

Violence continues after Peace Accord

Three decades of conflict known as "the Troubles", in which more than 3,500 people were killed, largely ended in Northern Ireland with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Violent incidents have continued, however.

In April, journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead by Irish republican dissidents during rioting in Londonderry.

Police blamed nationalist militants for a similar unsuccessful attack in the town of Craigavon last month and a bomb discovered under an officer's car in Belfast in June.

"I strongly condemn the cowardly actions of those responsible for this bomb attack, which could have had devastating consequences," Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in a statement.

Britain's Northern Ireland minister, Julian Smith, said he was closely following developments.

Police blamed nationalist militants for a similar unsuccessful attack in the town of Craigavon last month and a bomb discovered under an officer's car in Belfast in June.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Britain will leave the European Union with or without a transition deal on October 31. The border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, which will become Britain's only land frontier with the EU, remains the most contentious part of negotiations.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, Reuters)

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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