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The BBC's Chris Capper in Belfast
"The local RUC commander said his officers had prevented death and destruction"
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Sunday, 12 November, 2000, 17:32 GMT
Police intercept mortar device
The van was examined by army experts
The van was examined by army experts
Four men have been arrested in County Fermanagh after the discovery of a mortar device in the village of Derrylin.

Officers stopped a van containing the device at Teemore crossroads on the main Enniskillen to Dublin road at about 2130 GMT on Saturday.

During the incident, police said two shots were fired by a police officer but no-one was injured.

Three cars were abandoned at the scene and four men arrested.

Ken Maginnis:
Ken Maginnis: "A very seriously incident has been foiled"
False number plates and two-way radios were found in a follow-up search.

Speaking on Sunday, Sub-divisional Commander Superintendent Eddie Graham paid tribute to "the vigilance and bravery of the RUC officers involved".

Army technical officers spent Sunday morning examining the device at Derrylin.

Part of the village was cordoned off during Saturday night after police discovered the device.

Meanwhile, MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Ulster Unionist Ken Maginnis said the police had prevented a republican attack from causing multiple injuries and even death.

Mr Maginnis said: "A very seriously incident has been foiled.

"And one has to congratulate both the RUC and those cross-border forces who have co-operated with them.

"But it is not enough, quite bluntly.

"Whatever the security forces do, governments have now got to make a decision whether they are prepared to allow time and space for the Real IRA and other dissidents."

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