300-pound bomb left in front of police station in Northern IrelandJune 18th, 2010 - 11:04 pm ICT by BNO News
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (BNO NEWS) – A 300-pound bomb was left inside a van outside a border police station in Northern Ireland, the Guardian reported on Friday.
Hundreds of people living near the police station in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, were evacuated on Friday. Resistance republicans used a recognized codeword when phoning a Belfast newsroom, warning that a bomb had been placed in the van.
Army bomb experts have been inspecting the van overnight. Police say that around 350 residents, including children, spent the night in three community halls during the security alert. The main street in the city remains only partially open. Dissidents are reportedly responsible for numerous bomb attacks on police stations and other buildings in the past few months.
A local Democratic Unionist councilor, Sammy Brush, said that “There is nothing getting in, or out, of the vicinity of the police station.”
“I understand it was a viable device. Had it gone off, it would have caused serious destruction and death,” he concluded.
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