Just more of the same, really.
A van bomb found near the border contained 600lbs of homemade explosive and was “ready to go”, police revealed today. A senior officer confirmed the device was larger than had originally been estimated and could have caused devastation.
The white Citroen Berlingo van was spotted by a member of the public on Thursday evening after it was abandoned on a border road outside Newry in Northern Ireland. The security operation on the vehicle only ended late last night and District Commander Chief Superintendent Alasdair Robinson today said it could have caused major loss of life had it detonated. “The device contained two blue barrels with 125kg of homemade explosives in each one, and a detonator – all the equipment which meant this device was ready to go,” he said. “This was a very significant device. If this had exploded it would have caused devastation.”
Erm, I think that was the general idea, Superintendent.
What we must do is send the resounding signal that violence does not pay. Who better to do this with just the right level of moral authority than convicted IRA bomber and MLA Gerry Kelly? Alternatively, our much loved Co First Minister Martin McGuinness could explain to these Irish republican terrorist scum that killing innocents is unlikely to get them into government, even IF it did work for the IRA – an organisation Mr McGuinness knows little, if anything about, despite his years as a senior Commander. There noe – what could be more simple?