Northern Ireland auto fire 'major malfunction not terrorist related' says MP Paisley

The road has been closed

The road has been closed

'A booby trap bomb has exploded under a female police officer's auto.

The army bomb disposal unit were initially called to the scene as it was feared the incident may have been the result of a failed under-car bomb attack.

According to local media, the fire was caused by the partial explosion of a booby trap bomb underneath the vehicle.

A FEMALE police officer's vehicle has been set alight in Northern Ireland after a booby trap bomb partially exploded, according to reports.

The former female officer escaped without injury as she was not in the auto, believed to be her personal vehicle, at the time.

It has subsequently emerged that the woman driving the auto was not a serving police officer.

The vehicle went on fire at the Ballyrobert Road junction close to a auto garage at around 8.30am.

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Police refused to comment on the nature of the incident, simply confirming investigations would continue.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Paisley said: "Terrorism can never be allowed to prevail, this is a dastardly and cowardly attack".

Paisley said that a suspected booby trap device was placed under the vehicle.

"We do send our thoughts and our prayers to the female police officer and indeed to her family".

"We've just received news from Northern Ireland which is very disturbing", she said.

"If so that's a huge relief and I hope those involved are uninjured", he tweeted.

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