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Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Terrorist bomb parts found buried in the woods in Co Antrim park

The find was made yesterday by a member of the public.

Carnfunnock Country Park along the Antrim coastline.
Carnfunnock Country Park along the Antrim coastline.
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Updated 6.56 pm

POLICE IN ANTRIM SAY they’ve uncovered a ‘significant terrorist hide’ of bomb making equipment and explosives.

The haul was found in Carnfunnock Country Park after a member of the public spotted a suspicious object yesterday.

A number of small plastic barrels were found to have been buried in a wooded area.

Inside the barrels, PSNI officers found a significant amount of bomb making components including partially constructed devices and a small quantity of explosives.

Police say that it is too early to link these explosives to any particular group but are satisfied that it is related to terrorism.

The park near Larne where the find was made has now reopened but investigations are continuing and the items have been sent for forensic examination.

The find was one of three security alerts in Northern Ireland yesterday and come a day after a prison officer was injured when a car bomb exploded in Belfast.

Read: Belfast on high alert after at least one explosive found in the city >

Read: Dissident republicans want to mark Easter Rising by ‘killing police officers’ – PSNI >

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