PSNI trace route of car used by mortar bombers

Mortar attack.
Mortar attack.

Police in Strabane believe they have traced the route of the vehicle used by the 'New IRA' to transport a mortar device on Friday.

Detectives from PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit, believe the weapon was driven from the Ballycolman area, across the Mourne, through the centre of the town, and into Church View, above the PSNI station.

Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin said: “Our investigation is ongoing and I would continue to appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Church View area on the Friday night (6th September) or the early hours of Saturday morning to contact police.

"I believe an orange Fiat Sedici, pizza delivery vehicle that was hijacked in the area of Mount Sion, Ballycolman , Strabane at 9.40pm was used to place the device in Church View at approximately 9.45pm.

"The vehicle is believed to have travelled along the following route: Mount Sion, Ballycolman Avenue, Bridge Street, Market Street and Church Street. It was subsequently abandoned on Evish Road, Strabane.

"If you were in these areas or were travelling along any part of this route between 9.40pm and 10.20pm and have dash cam or mobile phone footage please contact Detectives at Strabane on 101 quoting reference number 371 07/09/19.”

Meanwhile, a 33 year old man was arrested by police investigating the discovery of the improvised explosive device (IED), yesterday and remains in police custody assisting officers with their enquiries.