Dissident republicans ‘lure police to deadly explosive booby-trap near a bus stop in Northern Ireland

Dissident republicans are believed to have lured police to a bomb disguised as a fired mortar near a bus stop in Northern Ireland on Friday.

The explosive, found on a footpath in Craigavon, Co Armagh, was set up to detonate if moved or touched, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

It said a call to a Belfast newspaper that a mortar had been fired at a police patrol but missed its target and a separate report of a loud bang at around midnight were meant to lure police into the area.

Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell said: ‘Despite the initial report to the Tullygally Road our enquiries to date would lead us to believe a mortar was not fired and in fact the entire incident was staged in order to bring police into an area where another deadly and unstable device awaited.

‘Although the explosive was designed and set up to look like a fired mortar, it was in fact a booby-trap device.

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Source: MailOnline