Bomb went off close to Irish border, no injuries reported

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-19 20:27:51|Editor: Xiaoxia
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LONDON, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- A bomb went off on Monday morning close to Irish border during a police security operation, no injuries were reported.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed that some form of the explosive device was detonated at Wattle Bridge, a village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

The bomb went off when police were conducting a follow-up search in the area after a hoax device was found initially on Sunday night.

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne called the bomb attack "a sinister development" in his tweet.

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 (ammunition technical officers) colleagues into the area to murder them.

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

Michelle Gildernew, the Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, condemned the attack as "totally wrong".

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