Newry bomb contained 600 pounds of explosives
The van, which was parked on the Drumalane Road/Fathom Line beside Newry Canal, had caused widespread disruption throughout Newry over this past two days as Police and Army Technical Officers cordoned off the area to investigate the van. The security alert started after a member of the public contacted police about the suspicious vehicle parked at the side of the road.
Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy said he believed the huge bomb was part of a conspiracy to murder PSNI officers. “Clearly this was an attempt to lure a police patrol into that area, with potentially lethal consequences.”
Kennedy believes dissident republicans were behind the plot and he described them as “dangerous and dedicated terrorists, who are determined to cause serious harm, injury and death to members of the security forces regardless of the consequences to local communities”
SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said the activity was wrong. “It threatens life and limb of both the public and the police service and disrupts the daily routine of many people who live on and use this road. I would appeal to anyone who may have information about this incident to give it to the police without delay.”
Bradley added, “The police have a very difficult job to do in these circumstances as quite often those responsible for these devices are out to target them but there are some aspects of this operation which they will want to review in the light of experience.”
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