Bomb defused near G8 venue

A 'viable bomb' found in an abandoned car in County Fermanagh has been made safe, according to security sources in Northern Ireland. The bomb was found 16 miles away from this summer's G8 summit venue.

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Bomb found close to N Ireland G8 summit venue

The abandoned car containing a viable bomb was found close to the venue for this summer's G8 conference of world leaders in Northern Ireland.

The device was found in Derrylin Road (purple marker), not far from the site of this summer's G-8 conference (c). Credit: Google Maps

It was made safe in an abandoned car in County Fermanagh, located just 16 miles from the exclusive Lough Erne golf resort that will host the summit this June.

There has been a heavy security presence in the area ahead of the G8.

Police closed the road as the viable devise was defused. Credit: ITV News

US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among those expected to attend the G8 meeting at Lough Erne near Enniskillen.

The security alert over today's bomb on the Derrylin Road has now ended.

Car containing bomb was 'destined for police station'

PSNI district commander Pauline Shields has said she believes the abandoned car containing a "viable bomb" was destined for a local police station:

The people responsible for this have no regard for the lives of anyone in our community.

It is fortunate that no-one was killed or seriously injured as a result of this reckless act.

Although investigations are at an early stage it is our assessment at present that this vehicle was destined for Lisnaskea PSNI station.

Once again our community has been disrupted and the lives of residents put at risk by an element intent on causing loss of life and disruption.

The people who carried out this act are not part of the society within which the majority of people of Northern Ireland wish to live.

– Pauline Shields, district commander, psni

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Homes evacuated in N Ireland bomb scare

The alert over an abandoned vehicle at Derrylin Road - the main arterial route between Enniskillen and Dublin in County Fermanagh - was raised early yesterday morning.

A number of homes in the local area were evacuated as a precaution.

Security sources confirmed today that a "viable bomb" was found inside the vehicle, but that it had been made safe.

Dissident republicans have launched a series of bomb attacks against members of the security forces in recent months.

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