Police in Northern Ireland have recovered explosives and a firearm during searches in Co Fermanagh.

The bomb-making equipment was found in a farmhouse in Kinawley.

A 43-year-old man has been charged with explosives and terrorism offences following the four-day search operation.

Police said: "Northern Ireland is a safer place with these items beyond the reach of the dangerous individuals who would seek to use them."

Among the items seized were 500kg of fertilizer and a number of packs of home-made explosives, timer units, detonators and fuses.

Six pipe bombs and component parts for other devices, a suspected firearm and approximately 100 rounds of ammunition as well as forensic suits and gloves were also found.

Separately, a small bomb exploded in a van outside a house in Drumard Park, Derry, in the early hours of this morning.

Nobody was hurt.

A resident reported hearing a loud noise and officers noted damage to the vehicle's windows and upholstery.

PSNI Detective Inspector Cherith Craig said: "ATO (army technical officers) were tasked to examine the van and it was determined that a small home made explosive device had gone off inside it.

"Further forensic examinations of the van and the remnants of the device will take place in due course."

Nationalist SDLP Stormont politician Pat Ramsey said the incident had left a vulnerable elderly woman shaken.

"I understand that a device was thrown into her son's van as it was parked adjacent to her home, where she lives alone. Luckily there was no damage to the house.

"Any attack of this nature is totally unacceptable. But those responsible need to explain themselves to the people of this city. They need to explain why they targeted the home of a woman in her 70s living alone who is totally innocent.

"There is absolutely no support for this kind of intimidating, terrorising attack on a family and a community."