Page last updated at 15:09 GMT, Monday, 16 June 2008 16:09 UK

Bomb attack was attempted murder

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The attack happened on the Rellan Road early on Saturday

The PSNI's chief in County Fermanagh has condemned Saturday's attempted landmine attack as "a determined attempt to kill police officers".

The Continuity IRA admitted they tried to detonate the landmine as a police patrol passed on the Rellan Road near Rosslea.

Two police officers carrying out inquiries suffered minor injuries.

Chief Superintendent Michael Skuce condemned the actions of those responsible as "depraved".

A loud bang was heard early on Saturday and a suspicious object was found a few hours later.

The PSNI said the device consisted of a substantial amount of home made explosives placed under a bridge with a command wire leading to a firing point some distance away.

Chief Superintendent Skuce said he was thankful the attack failed.

"My officers were on duty in Rosslea in the early hours of Saturday morning, providing a service to the local community.

"They do so without fear or favour to everyone in our community.

"Their dedication to the community stands in sharp contrast to the depraved actions of those individuals who planned and carried out this attack.

"Those individuals, who operate under various flags of convenience to justify their misguided attempts to inflict death and injury, have nothing to offer anyone in our community," he said.

A security operation is continuing in the area.

Police have said that they will try to minimise disruption to the local community during it.





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