Northern Ireland vehicle fire 'major malfunction not terrorist related' says MP Paisley

Northern Ireland vehicle fire 'major malfunction not terrorist related' says MP Paisley

A booby trap bomb has partially exploded in Northern Ireland, setting a former police officer's vehicle on fire, security sources say.

Army technical officers have been tasked to examine the vehicle and the road remains closed to traffic.

Thankfully she wasn't in it at the time the auto went on fire.

The army bomb squad was deployed after a police officer was thought to have been targeted in a "terror attack".

Speaking in Brussels after meeting the European Union chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, Foster said her thoughts and prayers were with the female PSNI officer and her family.

A booby trap bomb has partially exploded on an A-road near Belfast, setting fire to a police auto.

Police said: 'Shortly before 8.30am police received a report that a auto had caught fire at the junction of Ballyrobert Road. It has been reported that the auto belongs to a police officer.

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However, the incident is no longer believed to be sinister in nature.

Forensic officers have found no evidence of a booby trap bomb, and now suspect a mechanical malfunction of some kind.

At 10.12am he tweeted: "I understand that a Terrorist attack on police officer in Ballyrobert Co Antrim has taken place".

'My concern is for the officer and her family'.

Speaking at a Brexit press conference this morning, DUP leader Arlene Foster said the news was "very disturbing".

The A2 between Belfast and Bangor remains closed while police continue their investigation into the incident.

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