Northern Ireland police find bomb parts in rural park


LONDON – Police in Northern Ireland say they have found “a significant terrorist hide,” including explosives and bomb parts, buried in a rural park.The Police Service of Northern Ireland said Sunday that detectives uncovered the stash at Carnfunnock Country Park, about 32 kilometres northeast of Belfast, after a passer-by reported a suspicious object. Story continues below

READ MORE: Irish police deploy military-style checkpoints to suppress gang warPolice say officers found several buried plastic barrels containing “a significant amount of bomb making components including partially constructed devices and a small quantity of explosives.”Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Kearney said “it is too early to link these items to any particular grouping” among Northern Ireland’s Catholic or Protestant militants.On Friday, a prison officer was injured when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his van in Belfast.

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