Police say bomb explosion at Wattle Bridge was “deliberate attempt” to murder security services

Police in the North say this morning’s bomb explosion in County Fermanagh was a deliberate attempt to murder members of the security services.

It happened at half past ten, as police and an army bomb team were searching the area, after a hoax device was found over the weekend.

The blast happened at Wattle Bridge close to Newtownbutler.

No one was injured in the attack which police are blaming on dissident republicans.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s condemned the explosion saying he was in no doubt it was intended to inflict maximum harm.

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin says anyone could have been caught up in the explosion:

MP for the area Michelle Gildernew says it’s lucky no one died:

The placing of the device has been condemned locally also.

Local Minister Heather Humphreys has described it as “a despicable and cowardly act”, which brings back memories of dark days for border communities.

TD Brendan Smith, who’s also Chair of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, has described the attack as “absolutely reprehensible” and they should be “roundly condemned”.

TD Niamh Smyth meanwhile has described it as a “reckless” act that endangered lives.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact them or Crimestoppers.