A bomb has exploded close to a number of police officers in Fermanagh this morning (Monday).
The PSNI say a number of its officers were lucky not be killed or seriously injured following a security operation at Wattle Bridge, near Newtownbutler.
It is understood the device exploded after bomb disposal experts had defused a larger device in the area on Sunday night.
However, on Monday morning, during a follow-up search of the area, a bomb went off, according to police.
The incident happened just a short distance from the border with Co. Monaghan.
Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew condemned the bomb attack.
The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP said: “This morning’s bomb attack in Wattle Bridge was totally wrong.
“Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but we could have been dealing with a situation where people were seriously injured or worse.
“Those responsible for this incident have nothing to offer society and need to end these actions immediately.
“Anyone with information on this should bring it forward to the PSNI.”
A bomb which exploded in Wattle Bridge in Fermanagh was designed to catch police and army technical officers attending scene of a security alert. Officers had a very narrow escape. Seems like they were lured in by discovery of a hoax device found close by on Sunday.
— Julian O'Neill (@julianoneill) August 19, 2019
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