The security alert at the Border near Wattlebridge continues on Monday evening hours after a secondary bomb exploded at the scene in County Fermanagh. 

Bomb disposal experts are in place as the alert that commenced on Saturday continues some 48 hours later. Diversions are in place between Newtownbutler and the Border and on the A3 - Clones/Cavan Road in both directions. 

The incident took a sinister twist on Monday morning when what looks like a secondary device exploded in what has been described as a clear attempt to murder members of the security forces. 

The deadly attempt has been roundly condemned throughout Monday with dissident Republicans believed to be responsible. 

Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: “At around 10.35am this morning Police officers at the scene have reported an explosion in the area of the Cavan Road at its junction with the Wattlebridge Road.  There are no reports of any injuries and officers are investigating the cause of the explosion.“While this investigation is at a very early stage I am of the firm belief this was a deliberate attempt to lure police and ATO colleagues into the area to murder them. Although this device was intended to kill police and army personnel the fact that it was placed on a main road the result could well have been devastating for anyone in the immediate vicinity.

“This attack was indiscriminate and reckless and, whilst there is no doubt in my mind that police responding to this call were the target, the reality is that anyone could have been caught up in the explosion. We are extremely fortunate that the actions of officers who were first on scene meant that there was not serious injury or death. I wish to acknowledge and commend the bravery and commitment of those officers and army personnel at the scene of this attack.

“I ask that anyone who may be able to help our investigation and identify the perpetrators of this sinister and potentially murderous attack to please come forward. You can call us on 101 or if you would prefer information can be given anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”