A truck containing a massive 500lb bomb discovered abandoned on the Belfast to Dublin M1 motorway last weekend had been fitted with Donegal number plates.
It has been confirmed by Gardai that the vehicle carrying the deadly device was not from the county but had been stolen in Maynooth, Co Kildare, back in January and fitted with the false DL plates. Local gardai also carried out investigations into the matter.
The incident sparked a major security alert and forced the overnight closure of the motorway as the security forces carried out a number of controlled explosions. The PSNI believe the bomb was intended for a town centre attack.
The discovery came less than a week after the death of a PSNI officer, Ronan Kerr, a catholic from Omagh who died when a device planted under his car exploded last Saturday week. Three men have men questioned in connection to the killing.
The 25-year-old policeman was a keen Gaelic footballer with the Beragh GAA club in Co Tyrone. His brother Cahair Kerr, played for local GAA club, Letterkenny Gaels in 2009 and the early part of 2010 before emigrating to Australia. He transferred to the Letterkenny club from New York and was travelling back from Australia when he heard the news of his brother’s death.
Last weekend thousands of people turned out in Omagh, Enniskillen and Belfast in protest against his killing.