A British man was lured into hurling bombs at Irish police by a dissident Republican posing online as a Swedish supermodel.
Christine Connor used a fake online profile to pose as Swedish model Sanne Andersson in a bid to lure Stuart Downes, from Shrewsbury, into joining her terrorist plot to kill police officers.
The 31-year-old, from north Belfast, used a fictitious name and profile picture that "bore no resemblance to her" to entice her suspected accomplice, who later took his own life.
Acing as a lone wolf, Connor lured police on a hoax call as Downes lay in wait and hurled two pipe bombs at the them in May 2013.
Christine Connor's deceitfulness knew no bounds and involved using a fictitious name and a profile picture that bore no resemblance to her when communicating online with Stuart Downes to plan this sickening attack on officers who were simply carrying out their core job of protecting their community.
Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes
The officers had been responding to a hoax 999 call from an apparently vulnerable woman when they were targeted in the Crumlin Road area of north Belfast. The devices exploded but the officers escaped injury.
Two weeks earlier, Connor attempted a similar attack but the improvised explosive did not detonate.
Police have described her as "deceitful and extremely dangerous" after she pleaded guilty to a series of terror offences at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, including attempted murder linked to a bomb attack on police in Belfast.
She was not aligned to any known dissident republican grouping, and instead called her own one-member organisation United Struggle.
As well as the attempted murder of a policeman, she admitted two counts of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, two counts of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and one charge of preparing for terrorist acts.
Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, of the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch, said Connor used a "web of deceit" to enlist Downes.
"Christine Connor's deceitfulness knew no bounds and involved using a fictitious name and a profile picture that bore no resemblance to her when communicating online with Stuart Downes to plan this sickening attack on officers who were simply carrying out their core job of protecting their community," he said.
"She had two attempts at murdering police officers on two separate dates and both involved her making hoax 999 calls to lure them to where she was hiding."
The detective said the second attack resulted in shrapnel flying 35 metres and lodging in nearby homes.
Mr Geddes said a claim of responsibility phoned in from a public call box in the Shrewsbury area formed a major part of the investigation.
"This resulted in the identification of Stuart Downes as a suspect," he explained.
Connor had attracted his attention by creating a fake online profile using a picture of model Ms Andersson, who is engaged to Jacob Josefson, who plays for the New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League in the US.
She is due to be sentenced on June 20.