The blast happened on the A2 between Belfast and Bangor
08 March, 2018, 02:16
A FEMALE police officer's auto has been set alight in Northern Ireland after a booby trap bomb partially exploded, according to reports.
A police statement reads: "Following initial enquiries at the scene, ATO (ammunition technical officers) have been tasked to conduct an examination of the vehicle".
Army bomb disposal experts were rushed to the scene of the explosion on the Ballyrobert Road.
According to local media, the fire was caused by the partial explosion of a booby trap bomb underneath the auto.
"Thankfully she wasn't in it at the time the auto went on fire".
Police have confirmed that a mechanical fault is believed to have caused a vehicle fire that broke out between Bangor and Belfast this morning.
Police sources had earlier confirmed the woman was not a serving police officer.
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Paisley said that a suspected booby trap device was placed under the auto.
A number of elected representatives, including DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr, publicly condemned what they believed was a terror-related incident. "Terrorism will never prevail".
The main A2 remains closed.
'My concern is for the officer and her family'.
DUP MP Ian Paisley has now said reports that a auto bursting into flames in County Down was a terror attack were incorrect, it was down to a "major malfunction".
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