Northern Ireland: Car bomb defused near future G8 summit venue

Police in Northern Ireland defused a car bomb near a future G8 summit site Friday.

It is not believed the June G8 location was targeted but rather the device was planted to detonate near a local police station.

Defusing the bomb lasted 36 hours.

The incident occurred in the county Fermanagh in the town of Enniskillen. 

"Once again our community has been disrupted and the lives of residents put at risk by an element intent on causing loss of life and disruption," District Commander Pauline Shields said in a statement.

"The people responsible for this have no regard for the lives of anyone in our community. It is fortunate that no-one was killed or seriously injured as a result of this reckless act."

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A 1998 peace deal has sharply reduced violence in Northern Ireland but sporadic attacks mainly by IRA splinter groups continue to occur.

Earlier this month, authorities stopped an attempt by ultra-nationalists to fire mortars at a police station.