Rosslea bomb left by 'Kerr's killers'

Published Tuesday, 03 April 2012
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A republican group, claiming responsibility for a device found at the Co Fermanagh home of an Ulster Unionist councillor, has told UTV it also planted the bomb that killed Constable Ronan Kerr.

Rosslea bomb left by 'Kerr's killers'
The lane at the end of Cllr Andrews' home, where the device was left. (© UTV)

The 25-year-old policeman died on 2 April last year when a device planted underneath his car exploded outside his Omagh home.

In a telephone bomb warning at around midnight on Sunday, a caller claimed a bomb had been left outside Councillor Harold Andrews' Rosslea home.

The following day, his son uncovered a device, which the army bomb squad later declared to be viable.

On Tuesday, a man called the UTV newsroom to claim that the device was not left as part of an attack on Cllr Andrews.

Instead, he described it as "a failed attack on the security forces" and claimed the horizontal mortar had failed to detonate after it was fired at a passing police patrol.

The caller said the device had then been placed in a safe area. He added that he belonged to the same dissident group that killed Constable Kerr.

But Cllr Andrews said the long grass in which the bomb was left was not safe.

"I would be sceptical of that claim," he told UTV, pointing to "the fact that it was planted on my property and it was nearly hidden."

Sinn Féin MLA for the area Sean Lynch has spoken out against those who left the device at the Andrews' home.

"These people have been causing disruption for a number of years. There's absolutely no support in this day and age for it," he said.

Police have called for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

© UTV News
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JAE in Fermanagh wrote (966 days ago):
The area with Mr Andrews lives in an area surrounded by mainly protestant families which has seen numerous attacks over the last number of years including the murder of two police officers at the bottom of his roadway. While this is a deliberate attack on Mr Andrews, the device was obviously abandoned in this area to cause as much suffering and anxiety to the protestant people in Rosslea as a whole. For years Republican IRA criminals have targetted the protestant people of Rosslea with a policy of ethnic cleansing. Not once was there any retaliation against the Roman Catholic community. Yes! Protestants do live in fear in Rosslea with little support from PSNI or security service
Sev in Derry wrote (966 days ago):
Murf what are you talking about? When did Andrews say this was an attack on the Protestat people?
murf in belfast wrote (967 days ago):
maybe now councilor andrews WILL apoligise that this was not an attack on protasant people,i'm all for the peace agreement but hate when unionist polititions try to stoke up the fire without knowing all the facts first.yes i agree that it should never have happened but to say it was an attack on the protasant people is reminecent of the paisley days, when he stoke up the fire towards innocent catholics same as same as, councilor andrews you should issue an imediate apoligy right now on this matter or better resign.
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