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Booby Trap Explosion Sets Police Officer's Car on Fire in N Ireland - Reports

© AP Photo / Peter MorrisonA police officer checks vehicles in South Belfast, Northern Ireland. File photo
A police officer checks vehicles in South Belfast, Northern Ireland. File photo - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A partial explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) on the A2 road between Belfast and Bangor in Northern Ireland has ignited a car belonging to a police officer, the Sky News broadcaster reported Tuesday.

According to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the female driver of the vehicle escaped uninjured, as she was not in the car at the moment of explosion.

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Police said that it received a report that a car caught fire at the junction of Ballyrobert Road early in the morning and that a bomb squad was at the scene.

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According to the Guardian newspaper, citing security sources, the bomb could have been placed under the officer's car by one of the members of violent republican groups putting up a fight against the peace process in the region.

The road where the accident took place remains closed while the investigation into the incident is underway, Police Service of the Northern Ireland says in its Twitter, asking motorists to avoid the scene.

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