Bomb car stolen from Ballsmill vehicle compound

April 13, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

It has emerged that the vehicle used in last weekend’s car bomb attack on Crossmaglen police station was stolen from a vehicle compound just a few miles from the town.

The red Peugeot 406 was among dozens of vehicles stored in a locked compound just across the border from the village of Ballsmill.

The Continuity IRA claimed responsibility for the attack in which containers of flammable liquid were placed in the vehicle before it was abandoned at the gates of the PSNI base on Saturday night, 3rd April.

Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion on the vehicle before declaring the area safe late on Sunday evening.

Chief Inspector Sam Cordner said that had the device exploded anyone in the immediate area could have been killed or seriously injured and said those responsible have shown complete disregard for the lives of police officers and the public.