Supermarket fire bomb made safe

Remains of firebomb was found in shop

Police are urging shop owners in Strabane to check their premises after an incendiary device was found.

Army bomb experts defused the viable device which was found in a supermarket on the Branch Road shortly before 0300 GMT on Sunday.

A number of items have been removed for examination.

The discovery follows a police warning that dissident republicans may be planning fire bomb attacks across the north west.

Last Saturday, an agricultural supplies store in the town was destroyed by an incendiary device.

The police say businesses in Londonderry, Coleraine, Strabane and Ballymena should review their security.

They have also appealed to the public to be extra vigilant and to immediately report anything suspicious to the police.

Dissident republicans were linked to a spate of fire bombings which destroyed several stores across the province last month.

At least 16 devices were discovered in Lisburn, Newry, Antrim, Londonderry, Newtownabbey and Ballymena in the run-up to and throughout the Christmas period.

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