Northern Irish militants expected a bomb they planted to a haulage lorry a week would require a ferry across the Irish Sea and burst Britain in the time that it left the European Union, police said on Thursday.
Police first obtained a telephoned warning by a press outlet on January 31 there had been a bomb at a lorry at Belfast docks that was expected to proceed by ferry to Scotland from British-run Northern Ireland, however, they weren’t able to locate the automobile.
The ferry sailed and came safely on the afternoon Britain left the EU – an exit that was highly divisive in Northern Ireland.
On Monday, authorities obtained another telephone call, now supplying the name of this haulage firm the lorry belonged to, that directed them into the automobile which had never abandoned Northern Ireland.
“They did plan, we think, and they explained, the device will burst at around the time that the UK left the EU,” Assistant leader Constable George Clarke told a press conference on Thursday.
The authorities said the bomb had been planted by pro-Irish militants called dissidents who oppose the 1998 Good Friday peace accord and have lasted a very low-level campaign of violence.
The authorities said the device place the driver of the automobile, road users, and also the broader public at severe risk of injury and possible death.