Bomb detonated using command wire


The bomb understood to have been thrown at police in west Belfast was detonated by a command wire, the PSNI have today confirmed.

A PSNI spokesman said the device was left in place at the City Cemetery.

PSNI Superintendent Barbara Gray said: “This was not only a deliberate attempt to kill police officers but was an attack on the community of West Belfast, and it is only through good fortune that no-one, either police or civilian was seriously injured or killed last night.

“As with all incidents a review of the police response will be carried out to ensure that we do everything possible to provide the highest quality response to the communities of North and West Belfast.”

Detectives are appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of the cemetery in recent days or anyone who has any information which may be of assistance to their investigation to contact them.

Earlier the Police Federation warned officers to be vigilant after members of the force in Northern Ireland escaped injury during a bomb attack.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “This attack is a blatant disregard not just for lives of police officers but also for safety of whole community in west Belfast.

“It should be condemned by all right-thinking people.”

Justice Minister David Ford also condemned those responsible.

He said: “It is fortunate there were no injuries sustained by police or the family whose car was damaged. I send my best wishes to the police officers and the family affected.

“When will those who tried to kill police officers on the Falls Road get the message? They are not supported and their actions are futile.

“The people behind this attack clearly planned it but I wonder what their plan was had members of the public been injured or killed? The Falls Road is a main route with a constant flow of traffic and pedestrians and it was totally irresponsible to carry out this attack on the local community.”

He urged anyone with information to pass it to the police or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.