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Pictured: the mortar bomb discovered by a passerby on a wall in Strabane, County Tyrone on Saturday morning

Police blame & # 39; New IRA & # 39; after mortar bomb & # 39; designed to kill and injure officers & # 39; is seen by passers-by on the wall in the Irish border town

  • The device was discovered on Saturday morning in Strabane, County Tyrone
  • Officers also searched for bomb making material in Londonderry
  • Police say the mortar bomb was intended to kill officers and inflict damage
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Police have blamed the New IRA for a mortar bomb & # 39; designed to kill and inflict damage & # 39; that was seen by a passerby on a wall.

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The device was found in an Irish border town, where a senior officer said it was intended to be fired Saturday morning at a police station in Strabane, County Tyrone.

Dozens of officers were looking this morning for bomb-making equipment in Londonderry, close to the place where journalist Lyra McKee was shot.

Pictured: the mortar bomb discovered by a passerby on a wall in Strabane, County Tyrone on Saturday morning

Pictured: the mortar bomb discovered by a passerby on a wall in Strabane, County Tyrone on Saturday morning

Police say the bomb (pictured resting on a wall) is designed to kill and injure officers

Police say the bomb (pictured resting on a wall) is designed to kill and injure officers

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Police say the bomb (pictured resting on a wall) is designed to kill and injure officers

Northern Ireland Police Department (PSNI) Chief Inspector Gordon McCalmont said Saturday's discovery is not associated with Brexit, but the incident, the seventh this year, is a cause for concern. He warned: & # 39; It is designed to kill and harm people. & # 39;

The prospect of a no-deal Brexit is being closely monitored by dissident republicans who are against the peace process, other police commanders have said.

Officers are alert for more attacks. Police said the newest bomb was a deadly device found close to a house near the city police station.

McCalmont added: & # 39; it failed for some reason. It could have been anywhere.

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& # 39; It was saved and was in this vulnerable position for eight or nine hours where an audience member found it. & # 39;

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