TERRORISM

Irish terror group claims car bomb was meant for G8 summit

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 3:25am
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The Irish republican terror group Oglaigh Na hEireann (ONH) has claimed that a car bomb abandoned in Northern Ireland at the weekend was meant to be ignited at the hotel hosting the G8 summit of world leaders in June.

In a coded statement to The Guardian on Monday, the group also took responsibility for an attempted mortar bomb attack on the heavily fortified New Barnsley police station in west Belfast two weeks ago.

ONH also provided two photos of a mortar launching device alongside a printed note stating: "MK1 10KG Mortar, Range 300 Metres."

By specifically referring to the hotel where world leaders will stay, ONH has raised the security stakes before the 17 June meeting. Security was already due to be tight at the five-star Lough Erne complex in Enniskillen.

Local police recently acquired spy drones to be flown over the luxury hotel site during the talks in June, while hundreds of security personnel will be deployed in the border region for the biggest gathering of world leaders in Northern Ireland in its history.

On Saturday army bomb disposal officers defused a 60kg explosive device packed into a beer keg which had been left inside a car abandoned on the Derrylin Road near Enniskillen.

Security sources had thought that the target of the aborted bomb attack was the nearby Lisnaskea police station. In response, however, ONH claimed in Monday's statement that the Lough Erne hotel complex was the target.