Bomb alert on Belfast-Dublin road

9th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A van left on the main road linking Belfast and Dublin contained a viable bomb, Northern Irish police said Saturday after a series of controlled explosions were carried out on the suspect vehicle.

The van was left on the southbound carriageway of A1 near the southeastern city of Newry, close to the border with the Republic of Ireland.

The road was closed after bomb warnings were received by a hospital and a charity.

The bomb comes days after Northern Ireland was rocked by the killing of rookie Catholic police officer Ronan Kerr.

"The A1 southbound at Newry has been reopened following a security alert," a police spokeswoman said.

"A number of controlled explosions were carried out on a suspicious vehicle and police can confirm there was a viable device on board that vehicle."

Police are continuing to question three men of over Kerr's murder.

The policeman's funeral on Wednesday produced a remarkable show of cross-community condemnation of the attack.

© 2011 AFP

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