Northern Ireland

Gun link to Newtownabbey bomb attack on police

Motorway blocked by police vehicles
Image caption The gun was found in the area where the bomb attack on police officers

A gun found near a scenic walkway may be linked to a bomb attack on security forces on Saturday, police have said.

Officers were responding to a call on Duncrue pathway near the M5 motorway when the bomb partially exploded.

They are also investigating a call made from a public phone box outside shops at the junction of Antrim Road and Fortwilliam Road, north Belfast.

Police said the call, made at about 19:40 GMT on Saturday, may also be linked to the murder bid on officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter said: "As part of our follow-up inquiries, we now believe that the discovery of a suspected firearm on the towpath could be linked to the attack and I am very keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area of the towpath before midday on Saturday.

"I would also urge anyone who was at the shops at the junction of Antrim Road and Fortwilliam Road on Saturday evening, in and around 7:40pm, to contact us.

"There is a takeaway restaurant, an off-licence, and a bank in this area so it would have been busy at this time."

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