31/07/2003

Young girl escapes injury in bomb find

The young daughter of a Prison Officer has escaped serious injury after she carried a bomb into her Co Down home last night.

The 10-year-old girl found the device in the garden of her Brunswick Road home in Bangor. She then brought it into the house but the bomb failed to explode.

Security forces were not informed of the incident for several hours because the girl's family did not realise the nature of the device.

Police believe the bomb had been sitting idol from an attack on the house the night before.

The security operation to defuse the device ended late on Wednesday evening.

Elsewhere, police in Londonderry are appealing for information after a gun-shots were fired at the home of a Catholic family last night.

Three masked men were seen approaching the house in the Beechland Gardens area of Clady at around 11pm.

One of the men then fired a number of shots at the front door before all three men made of in a nearby car.

The inhabitants of the house, which included a two-year-old and a four-month-old baby, escaped injury. They believe the attack was sectarian.

(MB)

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