Counter-terrorism officers investigate Scottish forest blast

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Counter-terrorism officers on Thursday investigated an explosion in a remote forest near popular Scottish tourist destination Loch Lomond, police said.

Police were alerted by a member of the public after they heard what sounded like an explosion in Garadhban Forest at 12:00 GMT on Wednesday, a statement said.

On arrival, officers found damage to trees which suggested a blast had occurred.

The Northern Diving Group, the British navy's bomb-disposal team, was called to the scene on Thursday.

No one was hurt in the incident but Britain's defence ministry said it had been asked for help by Scottish police.

Chief Superintendent Calum Murray, Divisional Commander for Argyll, Bute and West Dunbartonshire, said: "As you would expect, when we are dealing with a situation where we suspect that explosives may be involved, it is our immediate priority to assess the situation and to call on expertise where we think it is appropriate.

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