Bomb found was meant for G8 host hotel, claims dissident group
The intended target of an attempted bomb attack in Fermanagh was the hotel set to host the G8 summit in June, dissident republicans have claimed.
Police had said that Lisnaskea Station was the target, but in a statement to UTV yesterday Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH) said the bomb was set for the Lough Erne golf resort.
An off-duty police officer spotted the 60kg device in an abandoned Silver Volkswagen Bora car in the Derrylin Road area of Fermanagh on Friday evening. The bomb was defused and taken away for further examination.
The world's most powerful leaders are expected at Lough Erne for the G8 summit in three months' time.
The potentially deadly device was found just 16 miles from the hotel that will host the summit.
UTV said a recognised codeword was used and ONH also stated that they were responsible for a foiled mortar bomb attack on a police station in west Belfast earlier this month.
The group also released images of the device which sparked a security alert lasting almost 24 hours. The caption with the image states: 'MK1 10KG mortar, Range 300 meters'.
In February, gardai intercepted rocket launchers and explosives in Co Tipperary, believed to be en route to Northern Ireland.
It will be the first time that the summit – which brings together the leaders of the US, UK, Canada, Russia, Germany, Italy, France and Japan – has been held in the UK since leaders met at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2005.
The five-star Lough Erne golf resort opened in 2007.
The hotel comprises 120 rooms and suites as well as a dedicated conference and banqueting space for 400 people.