Security forces in Northern Ireland have defused a 135 kilo bomb left in a van outside a police station.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a border village in County Tyrone after a coded message was sent to a Belfast newspaper warning that the device was due to detonate within the hour.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland said if the bomb had gone off it would have caused death and devastation on a large scale.
The authorities suspect the bomb was planted by dissident Republicans opposed to Northern Ireland’s peace process.
Those responsible for the failed attack escaped over the border into Ireland where police found a burned out car in County Monaghan.