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Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

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

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

It has subsequently emerged that the woman driving the vehicle was not a serving police officer.

A FEMALE police officer's vehicle has been set alight in Northern Ireland after a booby trap bomb partially exploded, according to reports.

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

They left the area shortly after 1pm and the road was expected to re-open.

In Northern Ireland, however, the threat remains "severe", meaning an attack is "highly likely".

The road remains closed while the investigation into the circumstances of the incident continue.

The Army bomb squad have been called to the scene.

Belfast bound traffic is being diverted off the A2 at Cootehall Rd and Ballysallagh Road and through Crawfordsburn and Helen's Bay with queues in both villages.

There were fears the incident was terrorist related after police sent the Army bomb experts to the scene.

There are no further details at present, the PSNI said.

According to Sky News, During a Brexit press conference, DUP leader Arlene Foster, said: 'We've just received news from Northern Ireland which is very disturbing.

According to the Guardian newspaper, citing security sources, the bomb could have been placed under the officer's auto by one of the members of violent republican groups putting up a fight against the peace process in the region.

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