Army experts have made safe a viable explosive device in Strabane.
The device was located on the local golf course this morning.
Chief Inspector Andy Lemon, the Strabane area commander, said the device had the capability of causing death or serious injury.
“This device comprised nuts and bolts packed with explosives into a pipe. While police may have been the intended target, golfers, ground staff or members of the community passing by could have been killed or maimed.”
The operation today followed information received by police last night that a device had been left in the Ballycolman Road area.
CI Lemon added: “This bears the hallmarks of an attempt to draw police into the area. But this was an attack on the community as much as on the police. I believe that the vast majority of people in Strabane do not want this type of incident and I would call on them to give us their assistance in behind those behind it to justice.”
Information can be given to police on the 101 non-emergency number, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.