Appeal for information over Strabane bomb attempt

 

Detectives are appealing for information after an improvised explosive device was found in Church View in Strabane yesterday morning.

A suspicious object which had been placed on a wall close to a number of houses was discovered by a resident at around 8.30am.

The object was examined by police and was found to be a viable mortar type device.

The device was made safe and was removed for further examination.

In a statement, Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin says it is the view of police that this device was placed in order to attack officers at the nearby police station but it had the capacity to kill or seriously injure anyone in the vicinity.

At this time police are linking this incident to the hijacking of a delivery driver’s car in the Mount Sion area at around 9.40pm on Friday evening.

A fake order was placed with a pizza outlet from a phone box on Bridge Street and when the driver arrived at the stated address, his orange coloured Fiat Sedici was taken from him by three men. It was subsequently discovered on fire at Evish Road around 45 minutes later.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw the orange Fiat in the town or who noticed anything out of the ordinary in the Church View area on Friday night. Detectives can be contacted on 101.

A 33 year old man who was arrested this morning in connection under terrorism legislation remains in custody.