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BOMB disposal officers are on their way to the scene of a auto fire on the road between Bangor and Belfast.

There had been speculation of the identity of the driver of the auto, however, sources said the woman - who was uninjured in the fire - was not a serving police officer.

A vehicle fire in Co Down which sparked a security alert and led to claims of a terrorist attack was the result of a mechanical fault, police have confirmed.

The Army bomb squad have been called to the scene.

"Thankfully she wasn't in it at the time the vehicle went on fire".

Police said: 'Shortly before 8.30am police received a report that a auto had caught fire at the junction of Ballyrobert Road.

Security sources told Sky News that a partially exploded booby trap bomb caused the blaze.

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Suspected Under auto booby trap device.

However, the incident is no longer believed to be sinister in nature.

'My concern is for the officer and her family'.

He said: 'Terrorism can never be allowed to prevail.

DUP leader Arlene Foster also condemned the reported attack during a press conference in Brussels, saying: "We do condemn utterly those who would seek to bring violence back to Northern Ireland".

"If so that's a huge relief and I hope those involved are uninjured".

"The main A2 remains closed at this time while the investigation into the circumstances of the incident continue".