19 Jun 2010

Northern Irish police confirm van contained a bomb

2:28 pm on 19 June 2010

Police in Northern Ireland have confirmed a van left outside a police station on Thursday night contained a 300lb bomb.

Hundreds of people are still away from their homes following the alert in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. The bomb has now been made safe.

PSNI Superintendent Brian Kee said those behind the attack were "criminal terrorists".

He said if the bomb had detonated it would have caused severe destruction and loss of life.

The BBC reports a large area around the police station remains closed as army experts examine the white van which was abandoned at Dungannon Road on Thursday at 10.10pm (BST).

About 350 people left their homes and spent the night in halls.

The BBC reports there has been a number of car bomb attacks on police stations in Northern Ireland this year.