Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Dissident republicans 'have remote detonation capability'

Blown apart: a van that dissidents said had a 600lb bomb on board

Dissident republican groups now have the capability to detonate bombs by remote control, police chiefs believe.

A 600lb device found on the outskirts of Newry a week and a half ago could have been set off by someone in the area with a transmitter, according to reports.

Assistant PSNI Chief Constable Drew Harris told this newspaper that the technology involved is a “step up” for the terrorists.

Police had already said the device in a white Citroen Berlingo van, which was spotted by a member of the public, was “ready to go”.

Mr Harris added that it was designed to kill and was to be detonated with a remote transmitter.

“Anyone close to that bomb, had it exploded, would not have survived,” Mr Harris stated.

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