Fake 999 call lured police to bomb trap

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Bombers lured police in Belfast into a trap by claiming a woman was being attacked, detectives said yesterday.

Officers went to a wooded area in the south of the city, responding to an emergency call for help on Monday night.

They were unharmed only because the bomb in the Annadale Embankment area failed to detonate. It had been attached to the gate they had entered. The attempted attack has been blamed on dissident republicans.

Police are on high alert for attacks by dissident republicans following the death of PC Ronan Kerr earlier this month.