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Lisburn bomb aimed at an individual not location, police say

Published 03/08/2016

Police have appealed for information on the assault outside the Donegall Place fast food outlet
Police have appealed for information on the assault outside the Donegall Place fast food outlet

A bomb which closed a busy shopping area in Northern Ireland was targeting a person, police said.

Detectives are investigating if the device found in Lisburn on July 30 had fallen from a vehicle.

Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of west Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of west Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Reports have suggested it may have been aimed at a member of the security forces.

PSNI detective chief inspector Alison Rowland said: "Extensive enquiries are ongoing and as yet we have been unable to identify how this device was in Market Place but we believe the target was an individual rather than a location."

A controlled explosion was carried out on the object and it was removed for examination during a security alert which lasted several hours and forced the evacuation of businesses.

A vehicle was later seized in the Lagmore area of west Belfast.

Police appealed for the drivers of four cars in the area, a grey BMW X3 or X5, b lue Ford Focus, g rey Vauxhall Astra or s ilver Suzuki jeep, to contact them.

Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of west Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of west Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of West Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. Police and ATO carried out searches of the area and car before clearing the scene on July 31 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of West Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. Police and ATO carried out searches of the area and car before clearing the scene on July 31 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of west Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of West Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. Police and ATO carried out searches of the area and car before clearing the scene on July 31 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of West Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. Police and ATO carried out searches of the area and car before clearing the scene on July 31 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and ATO carry out an operation in the Lagmore area of West Belfast after they tracked down a car in which they believe a viable device fell from in Lisburn City Centre earlier that day. Police and ATO carried out searches of the area and car before clearing the scene on July 31 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

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