6 Mar 2013

Two charged over van mortars

1:44 pm on 6 March 2013

Two men have been charged over the discovery of four mortar bombs in a van in Londonderry in Northern Ireland on Sunday night.

The van had its roof cut back so the mortars could be fired.

The men, aged 35 and 37, face charges of possession of explosives with intent to endanger life, possession of articles for terrorist purposes and conspiracy to cause an explosion.

They are due to appear before Londonderry Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The BBC reports police believe the mortars were within minutes of being fired as they were "primed and ready to go".