Fermanagh bomb, PSNI, Dissident Republicans, The IRA, Irish Republican Army
The IRA under the leadership of IRA Chief of Staff, Colin Duffy, are preparing for the most significant bomb attack against the PSNI since a PIRA bomb attack in Newry that killed several RUC Officers two decades ago. The IRA are confident that they can overcome the fact that their organisation has been heavily infiltrated by British Agents and Informers and kill several PSNI Officers in one spectacular attack.
A vehicle found abandoned and made safe in Northern Ireland was carrying a viable bomb that was destinted for an attack on a police station, the PSNI said today.
The device was found in a rural part of Co Fermanagh not far from the luxury Lough Erne golf resort where this June’s G8 conference of world leaders is being held.
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.
Dissident republicans are suspected of planting the bomb.
“The people responsible for this have no regard for the lives of anyone in our community,” PSNI district commander Pauline Shields said. “It is fortunate that no-one was killed or seriously injured as a result of this reckless act.
“Although investigations are at an early stage it is our assessment at present that this vehicle was destined for Lisnaskea PSNI station.”
US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin are expected to attend the G8 meeting. A massive security operation will be mounted and thousands of police officers from UK forces will be drafted in to help bolster PSNI numbers. They will help provide security and safety at a range of key venues and will be able to exercise the same powers of arrest, stop and search.
Dissident republicans have launched a series of bomb attacks against members of the security forces in recent months.
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.