Hundreds evacuated in Northern Ireland

Police destroy 300lb bomb

A 300lb bomb parked outside of a police station in Northern Ireland forced the evacuation of 350 people on Thursday night after dissident republicans called in a bomb threat to a Belfast news station. It’s the latest in a string of bomb attacks across the country, and has put the community of Aughnacloy in lockdown while police and army experts investigate, after disarming the bomb with a controlled detonation overnight. “I have no doubt that if this device had detonated it would have caused complete devastation and lives would certainly have been lost,” said police superintendent Brian Kee. “The intention of the people responsible for planting this bomb . . . is to murder police officers with no regard for the people who live in this community.”

The Guardian