Northern Ireland: Army bomb disposal call-outs highest in three years

Ammunition Technical Officers (ATO) based in the region can be requested to assist police where it is believed there may be explosives.

Officers from explosive ordnance disposal and search regiments were called out 229 times between August 1 2018 and July 31 2019 according to the most recent available government figures.

MI5 continued to categorise the threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism as severe.

This period includes the bombing of Londonderry court house by dissident republicans in January 2019, as well as the planting of a bomb under a police officer’s car at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast in June 2019.

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Source: NewsLetter