Police auto set alight after 'booby trap bomb explodes' in Northern Ireland

Glen Norman
March 8, 2018

The Army bomb squad have been called to the scene.

Army technical officers spent several hours at the scene with a low-key police presence at the security cordon.

The incident led to fears the auto had been targeted by terrorists with DUP leader Arlene Foster telling a press conference in Europe that "a booby-trap bomb has exploded under a female police officer's vehicle". She escaped without injury as she was outside the vehicle when the fire broke out.

Thankfully she wasn't in it at the time the vehicle went on fire.

MP Ian Paisley initially claimed the incident involved a "suspected under auto booby trap device".

Police said that it received a report that a auto caught fire at the junction of Ballyrobert Road early in the morning and that a bomb squad was at the scene.

It has subsequently emerged that the woman driving the auto was not a serving police officer. My concern is for the officer and family of officer.

A number of elected representatives, including DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr, publicly condemned what they believed was a terror-related incident.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the incident on the A2 between Belfast and Bangor is ongoing.

"We've just received news from Northern Ireland which is very disturbing", she said.

"If so that's a huge relief and I hope those involved are uninjured".

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