Police blame dissidents for prison bomb attack

The police are blaming dissident republicans for a bomb attack outside Maghaberry Prison in County Antrim.

A white 4x4 jeep containing a bomb weighing nearly 150lbs of home made explosives was left outside the prison entrance late on Sunday April 28.

The detonator exploded but the bomb did not go off in the attack which occurred shortly after 10.30pm.

Staff and prisoners were evacuated although no one was injured.

Maghaberry is a high security prison housing male, long-term and remand prisoners and all female prisoners. It already holds the largest number of prisoners of all Northern Ireland prison establishments.

Witnesses have since reported a number of men made off in a second vehicle, a Honda Accord, after the white Mitsubishi jeep was spotted outside the perimeter gates of the prison.

An army bomb disposal team spent several hours examining the scene before taking the jeep away for further forensic examination.

The police said the jeep was stolen from the Dublin area on the 13 or 14 April.

Police in Lisburn have appealed to anyone who may have seen the bomb vehicle in the Maghaberry area or another vehicle drive at speed to contact them on the Crimestoppers line 0800 555 111.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

23 February 2009
Prison Suicide Report Gets Assembly Discussion
Sinn Féin MLA's Raymond McCartney and Martina Anderson will present a motion at the Stormont Assembly today calling for the full implementations of the recommendations of the report made by the Prison Ombudsman into the death of prisoner Colin Bell in Maghaberry Prison.
26 October 2009
Prison Arts Celebrated
Northern Ireland prisoners have won two first prizes and landed more than 29 awards in a prestigious UK-wide competition for prison arts. Artwork from Maghaberry and Hydebank Wood was among 150 original visual pieces on display at the annual Koestler Awards Exhibition which previewed at the Royal Festival Hall in London today.
31 August 2018
Man Dies In Maghaberry Prison
A 22-year-old man has died while in custody at Maghaberry Prison, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has reported. The Department of Justice has confirmed that the man died in custody on the morning of Thursday, 30 August. The man's next of kin have been informed. The PSNI, Coroner and Prisoner Ombudsman have been informed about the death.
07 January 2002
Chairman of Prison Officer’s Federation brands attackers as cowards
The Chairman of Prison Officers Federation has branded those responsible for an attack on a prison officer’s home as “cowards and scumbags”. The condemnation follows an attack on a prison officer’s home in north Belfast which resulted in the man’s wife undergoing surgery to remove shrapnel from her back.
14 March 2017
Female Prison Officer Injured After Being Attacked At Magahberry Jail
A female prison officer has been injured after being attacked by a male inmate at Maghaberry Prison just outside Lisburn. A sharp weapon is believed to have been used. The officer was taken to hospital to be treated. A Prison Service spokesperson said: "A prison officer has suffered a serious injury following an assault by a prisoner in Maghaberry.