Belfast Telegraph

Bomb alerts in Belfast and Fermanagh both 'elaborate hoaxes'

By John Mulgrew

Security alerts in Fermanagh and Belfast have both ended after causing significant disruption.

Police carried out a controlled explosion on a device found at the Broadway roundabout in west Belfast.

The hoax bomb caused massive disruption with the Westlink and M1 closed for a time this morning. Both have since reopened.

In Fermanagh a security alert in the Clogh Road area of Rosslea ended after almost three days.

Army bomb experts said a beer keg that had been left at the side of the road was also a hoax.

District Commander Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields said while recognising the "obvious inconvenience this operation has caused, police cannot and will not take risks with the lives of people in our community".

"Had this been a viable device, there could have been devastating consequences had it exploded," she said.

"Once again our community has been disrupted and the lives of residents put at risk by a cowardly element intent on causing as much disruption as they can.

"The people who carry out these acts are not part of the society within which the majority of people of Northern Ireland wish to live.

"This complex operation has tied up resources in this local area, with officers who should be out serving the local community, delivering the community policing the people in this area want."

The latest security alert comes after an off-duty police officer spotted a 60kg device in an abandoned Silver Volkswagen Bora car in the Derrylin Road area of Fermanagh on Friday evening.

Police had said that Lisnaskea Station was the target, but in a statement to UTV, Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH) said the bomb was set for the Lough Erne golf resort.

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.


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