Condemnation as 60kg bomb defused near Derrylin

There has been much condemnation of a 60kg home made bomb found in an abandoned car on the Derrylin Road outside Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh last Friday morning, March 22.

There has been much condemnation of a 60kg home made bomb found in an abandoned car on the Derrylin Road outside Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh last Friday morning, March 22.

A section of the A509 between Derrylin village and Belnaleck, less than five miles from the border of Cavan was closed shortly after 6am Friday morning.

There was disruption to bus services to Dublin and traffic were diverted via Kinawley.

Locals including elderly and young children were evacuated from their homes for two days as the device, which was described as home made explosives packed into a beer keg, was defused by British Army experts.

The vehicle was abandoned late Thursday night and was reported to the PSNI just after 4am Friday morning.

Security sources believe that the device may have been destined for Lisnaskea police station.

The PSNI said they suspected the culprits to be an IRA Splinter group.

The Ulster Unionist along with Sinn Fein condemned the discovery of home made bomb.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, stated,“Those responsible (for the car bomb) have neither mandate nor legitimacy. They are totally out of touch with what the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland want.”

The latest scare has caused much concern locally as the bomb was left just 13 miles (18 kilometres) down the road from the planned venue for the June G8 summit of the world’s Group of Eight leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.