'Mechanical fault' behind vehicle fire that sparked alert

Hannah Rogers
March 8, 2018

An Army bomb disposal team was scrambled to the scene on the A2 between Belast and Bangor at around 8.30am on Tuesday.

'A booby trap bomb has exploded under a female police officer's auto.

Meanwhile, UUP MLA in North Down and the party's policing spokesman, Alan Chambers, released a statement at 11.04am claiming a "car belonging to a police officer caught fire. when a booby-trap bomb partially exploded".

"Thankfully she wasn't in it at the time the vehicle went on fire".

Police have confirmed that a mechanical fault is now believed to be the cause of a auto fire on the A2 between Belfast and Bangor.

A booby trap bomb has partially exploded on an A-road near Belfast, setting fire to a police auto.

'Thankfully she wasn't in it at the time the auto went on fire.

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Paisley said that a suspected booby trap device was placed under the vehicle. "A booby trap bomb has exploded under a female police officer's vehicle".

However, the incident is no longer believed to be sinister in nature. "Terrorism will never prevail".

Speaking at a Brexit press conference this morning, DUP leader Arlene Foster said the news was "very disturbing".

'My concern is for the officer and her family'.

However, it now appears the fire may have been started by a major technical fault on the vehicle.

"If so that's a huge relief and I hope those involved are uninjured".

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