Blast targets police near Northern Ireland border

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(Reuters) – A device exploded in Northern Ireland near the border with Ireland early on Monday in what police said was an attempt to kill officers looking into an earlier incident. 

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast which hit near a busy road in County Fermanagh, close to the spot where officers were investigating a suspicious device discovered on Saturday. 

There has been a rise in attacks on police in Northern Ireland in recent months, claimed by militant groups opposed to British rule and the 1998 peace accord that largely ended three decades of sectarian violence in the province. 

Police on both sides of the border fear they could become more of a target if checkpoints return to the frontier after Brexit.

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