BOMBA A SOUTH BELFAST, NEL ‘CHIARO TENTATIVO DI UCCIDERE AGENTI DI POLIZIA’
Rinventuo dalla PSNI un ordigno a South Belfast, che aveva il potenziale di uccidere agenti di polizia e civili
Il ritrovamento è avvenuto all’1.30 circa di martedì all’Annadale Embankment, dove gli artificieri sono immediatamente giunti sul posto sorvolato da un elicottero.
L’allarme è scattato dopo una telefonata effettuata da una donna che diceva di trovarsi in difficoltà.
Il tutto lascia perciò pensare ad una vera e propria trappola ai danni del Police Service of Northern Ireland, come ammessa da Chris Noble – Sovraintendente capo della PSNI – che ha definito l’ordigno, un “chiaro tentativo di omicidio contro ufficiali”.
Il dispositivo era collegato ad una scaletta nella parte superiore di un sentiero che conduce al fiume Lagan.
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Police said a bomb in south Belfast had the potential to kill police officers and members of the public.
Army technical officers were called to Annadale Embankment at about 0130 BST on Tuesday and the police helicopter was also launched.
Officers were lured towards the device by a phone call claiming a woman was in distress in the area.
Superintendent Chris Noble said it was a “clear attempt to murder officers”.
The device was attached to a stile at the top of a path leading to the Lagan River.
Police said a significant number of officers responded to a call apparently from a woman in distress in a wood
Police said the bomb was small but could have killed. Supt Noble described those responsible as “callous”.
The area remains cordoned off whilst the police carry out searches for any additional devices.
No homes were evacuated in the overnight security alert. The road closure from Mornington Place to Wellington Square remains in place.
Police are expected to release more details later on Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, Catholic police officer, Ronan Kerr, 25, was killed when a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh.
Dissidents republicans have been blamed for his murder.
Despite widespread condemnation of Mr Kerr’s murder, the police have said they fear dissident republicans may have already identified their next target, and will continue their efforts to kill more officers.