Saturday, April 28, 2012

600lbs van bomb 'ready to go' found on a border road outside Newry in Northern Ireland

A van bomb found near the border contained 600lbs of homemade explosive and was "ready to go", police revealed today.

A senior officer confirmed the device was larger than had originally been estimated and could have caused devastation.

The white Citroen Berlingo van was spotted by a member of the public on Thursday evening after it was abandoned on a border road outside Newry in Northern Ireland.

The security operation on the vehicle only ended late last night and District Commander Chief Superintendent Alasdair Robinson today said it could have caused major loss of life had it detonated.

"The device contained two blue barrels with 125kg of homemade explosives in each one, and a detonator - all the equipment which meant this device was ready to go," he said.

"To explain it, there was 600lbs of explosives.

"This was a very significant device. If this had exploded it would have caused devastation." Read More