'A booby trap bomb has exploded under a female police officer's vehicle.
A auto fire in Co Down which sparked a security alert and led to claims of a terrorist attack was the result of a mechanical fault, police have confirmed.
Army bomb disposal experts were rushed to the scene of the explosion on the Ballyrobert Road.
According to the Guardian newspaper, citing security sources, the bomb could have been placed under the officer's vehicle by one of the members of violent republican groups putting up a fight against the peace process in the region.
A female police officer has evaded an attempt on her life in Northern Ireland after a bomb partially exploded under her auto on Tuesday morning.
The officer is not believed to have been in the auto - thought to be her personal vehicle - at the time.
Forensic officers have found no evidence of a booby trap bomb, and now suspect a mechanical malfunction of some kind. The victim is reported to be a serving PSNI officer.
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A number of elected representatives, including DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr, publicly condemned what they believed was a terror-related incident.
He said: 'Terrorism can never be allowed to prevail.
"We've just received news from Northern Ireland which is very disturbing", she said.
"My concern is for the officer and her family".
However, it now appears the fire may have been started by a major technical fault on the vehicle.
"If so that's a huge relief and I hope those involved are uninjured", he tweeted.
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