“They were destined for a police station. It was a reckless attack," Police Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin told the Independent. "They were prepared to drive through a built-up area of the city to carry out this attack and cause mass fatalities."
Driving a van carrying four primed mortars, members of the New Irish Republican Army were rammed by officers who had intelligence of the plot. “There would have been mass murder of police, and serious damage to property," said Cargin.
The three would-be attackers were arrested, but this isn't the first time for such an attack. The Guardian reports: