The PSNI believes officers were lured to the site of the suspected dissident bomb attack in Co Fermanagh in attempt to kill and injure them.
PSNI deputy chief constable Stephen Martin told a press conference in Belfast: “The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism has not decreased and has remained at severe since 2009.
“Today we have seen another example of the intent dissident republicans have as they attempted to murder police officers and army personnel in Co Fermanagh.
“They are reckless and indiscriminate, and this morning’s attack had the potential to kill anyone in the immediate vicinity.
“I am of the firm belief it was a deliberate attempt to lure police and army bomb disposal colleagues into the area to murder them.”
The explosion happened in the Wattle Bridge area near Newtownbutler near the Border on Monday at about 10.30am.
Police officers and members of a British army bomb disposal team narrowly avoided injury in the explosion.
Source: The Irish Times