Belfast Telegraph

Van device was intended to cause rail chaos

A security alert earlier this week was an attempt to paralyse the rail network in Belfast.

A major alert was launched close to Toomebridge on Monday night after a local man noticed a suspect pipe-bomb type device attached to his work van. The van was parked in the forecourt of a garage yards from where dozens of children were playing football at a GAA pitch at Blackpark Road.

The van owner, who comes from the Magherafelt area, had driven the vehicle from the Markets area of Belfast. Magherafelt Sinn Fein councillor Peter Bateson drove the van, with the suspect device still attached, to waste ground. It was later declared a hoax.

No claim of responsibility for the hoax device has been made by any group, but republican sources last night confirmed the device was placed on the vehicle while it was parked in the Markets area close to Belfast Central Station.

Sources say the device was stuck to the van in an attempt to create a security alert that would force the closure of the nearby railway station.

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