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Northern Ireland Car Bombs 'Targeted Police'
Two potentially lethal car bombs found in Northern Ireland were aimed at killing police officers, a unionist minister has claimed.
The explosive devices were discovered after security alerts were triggered in a town near the Irish border and in Belfast.
Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy, who is also a minister in the Stormont government, said the device found near the border town of Newry was believed to be part of a plot to kill police.
Mr Kennedy said the dissidents were "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".
The Stormont minister said he was very concerned at the increasing number of attacks planned and executed by republican dissidents around Newry.
The bomb, containing 600lbs of homemade explosives, was found in an abandoned white Citroen Berlingo van in the Fathom Line area on Thursday evening.
Army bomb experts confirmed the bomb was a "viable device" and successfully disarmed it.
District Commander Chief Superintendent Alasdair Robinson said: "This was a very significant device. If this had exploded it would have caused devastation."
He said police could only "speculate" about a possible target for the huge bomb at this time.
"What there is no doubt about is that it was completely reckless to have this device anywhere near human life," he said.
The second bomb was found under a parked car in the Ballygomartin Road in north Belfast, causing the evacuation of homes in the area.
Chief Inspector Ian Campbell said: "Those responsible for this have shown callous disregard for members of the public.
"The operation resulted in the evacuation of up to 80 people, including families with young children and elderly residents, for several hours.
"The finger of suspicion points towards dissident republican terrorists and I appeal to anyone with information to come forward to police."
The explosives find came after another arms cache containing guns and ammunition was discovered by police in Belfast on Friday.
what do you think?
Well, after all the money my dad earned, fighting wars for Great Britain, all the money my mum earned doing the same thing and all the money I'll end up not having after it's spent on caring for her in her old age, I might end up living in an abandoned car myself the way things are going.
What you going on about
WTF??? Stick to the subject matter mate, or go and have a lie-down in a dark room.
Again thugs not caring who they would hurt if their bomb had gone off.
Send the troops in
Government up to their truck tricks. Inside job.
What planet u from? For once this nothing to go with government.
The reasons for the original struggle (no I don't mean the potato famine or William of Orange, I mean the persecution of Catholics in Ulster in the 70's) is no longer relevant and there is a fair share of sectarian power in the province so why, I wonder, do a few stupid and violent men want to reignite the troubles? Ireland is unlikely to ever be united and if it ever does come it will be through democratic methods. Violence never achieves the desired results and history shows that it often delays change. Will they never learn?