The TelegraphDevice exploded in bomber's face after he 'forgot about clocks changing'
Irish bomber blew himself up after device went off too soon 'because he forgot to put his watch forward'
1:41PM BST 02 Apr 2014
Irish police believe that a gangland bomber blew himself up after he forgot about the clocks changing for summer time while he was planting a bomb on Sunday.
The police are waiting to interview a man who, it is suspected, was severely injured after the bomb he was planting went off early.
The suspected bomber was seen fleeing the area in Dublin with "blood dripping down his face" after an explosive device planted under a Volvo SUV went off.
The police have suggested that the suspect accidently injured himself in the explosion because he forgot to set his watch forward on the morning of the attack.
"This certainly was a high-grade explosive used in this bomb. It wasn't garbage stuff. It would appear the bomber got his timings wrong," a police source told the Mirror.
"It could be a case where he didn't put his watch forward on Sunday and the timer went off too soon. If anyone had been in the car or walking near it at the time then they would have been killed."
The attack is thought to be linked to criminal gangs.
Supt Dave Taylor said the consequences of the explosion could have been "very, very serious".
"It was a very extensive explosion and it was a very frightening experience for the people," he said.
"We are appealing for anyone who might have picked up a person in the New Street and Clanbrassil Street area shortly after 11pm who was quite obviously suffering to come forward.
"It is quite obvious that the car was the object of this attack."
The owner of the vehicle, a local businessman, has declined comment.